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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 118, September 22-23, 1853

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Identifier: DX04121434

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 118, September 22-23, 1853

Description: Describes arriving at George M. Swan's newspaper office in Columbus, Ohio.


was immediately welcomed by pleasant faced, good humored, fresh colored Miss Compston. She was setting up type, and [George M.] Swan in a room adjacent sat correcting proofs, to morrow being publishing day. He gave me hearty greeting. I told him all that I’d done since our parting, & all three had a good talk. Wouldn’t hear of my going to an hotel, so locking up the office, we all walked home together. To a longish one story house, situate one corner of a street, little garden all round and locust trees enshading its front. A sort of covered way with vine over-arching it in the rear, born & stable. Introduced to Mrs Swan, and two visitors, there staying, here attracted from Zanesville, by Universalists Convention, the elderly man who spoke not much, but went to Church after supper, which we all partook off in a room to the rear of the house. There’s plenty of young Swans. There father did not go out with his guests, but we sat talking, and about 10 I went to bed, a very comfortable one, on the sofa; thinking much of what good people there were about me, how much true, kindly hospitality had been shewn me, and what little parade or ostentation about it. I do like and honor these western people, the more I see of them, and ‘tis a noble country that produces them.

23. Friday. Up, a hearty breakfast, and to Swan’s Office. He was busied all day about the paper, Miss Compston also, and a son of his, and two men. I read, took a ramble, but not far until the afternoon; when I set off for exploration. The Court House, a pretty white columned, red brick building, green trees refreshing the eye in front, and on the little cupola above, a pure white statue of Themis standing out clear against the bright unclouded blue sky. Wide streets and quit quiet houses slumbering in the hot sunny, idle afternoon. Rambling past the State House I en-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-22

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing


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