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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 119, June 12-14, 1851

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Identifier: DX01026749

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 119, June 12-14, 1851

Description: Describes his return journey to Fonthill Castle.


of going to England “there to do better”, (leaving of course debts unpaid;) and hath reopened correspondence with [Arthur] Mason’s sister, whose letters he [Charles Brown] was wont to read aloud to us, with such edifying comment?

13. Friday. Drawing the sketch for head of “Leader.” When complete, to [Thomas] Picton with it. Then to [Thomas W.] Strongs, [Warren] Butler’s, Post Office, [Charles F.] Anderson’s & [John B.] Holmes’. Anderson just returned from Washington, Philadelphia. Walters has the Capitol to erect; yet is he hopeful as ever. Then to [John N.] Genins, then back to Robinson. Drawing on wood the sketch for Picton. Evening two several journeys to Mr [Henry] Harts, with my traps, one to [177] Canal Street &c, then about 11, all things disposed of, save carpet-bag for the morrow to bed.

14. Saturday. Up by 6, to the pier, learnt the time of departure, back to Robinson; paid, collared carpet bag &c off. Coffee & cakes; then aboard, after wanting half an hour, off upe [up] the glorious Hudson. Of the delights of that renowned river let dear [Washington] Irving speak; how green and verdurous its banks, how bright its water, and how tall its rocks; — what should I say of’t after him? Arrived at Yonkers’ ere 9, to the “Exchange” Hotel, white, timber built, with balconies running round. There, settled about board; got a little basket of provant for dinner, and little of sarsaparilla; and taking drawing materials off to the Castle, much browning by Phoebus by the way, inasmuch as my straw hat had been borne off by the Hudson Zephyrus, sans permission, but luckily I had a cap. Arrived, to the house, saw old woman there, returned to the Castle, found the man Abraham, and was admitted into the building. Abraham was red-shirted, California-hatted, whiskered; — a true son of Yankee soil, born on the Hudson-brink, & had been four years in Forrests service. “He’s a good fellow!” said he. [words crossed out] Then, left alone in the building, I first ramble all over it, from summit to basement. On top of the highest tower, gazing out on the country round; the miles & miles

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-06-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Drawing


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