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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 172, September 3, 1851

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Identifier: DX01045400

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 172, September 3, 1851

Description: Describes a walking trip taken with Arthur Mason, including turkey-stealing.

Transcription:

(some 7 miles in length I’m sure) we made divers essays for the purpose of the smiting and annexing at least a chicken. But as yet in vain. Some 12 miles having been left behind us, we enter a hotel known as “Liberty-pole,” kept by a Vanderbeek, and there inquiring for provant are shewn into a rear kitchen, and partake of dinner, — “en famille. A lounge on the stoop looking out on the dusty road and quiet landscape, unceasing fumigation, lavation, and then off again, and on through the sunny afternoon. More essays at fowl-slaying and petty larceny, and finally a successful one. A maternal turkey with two young ones were by a fence side, and

A sudden blow from [Arthur] Mason’s stick

The neck wrung round on a stone

Had dispossess’d one bird of life

Right quick the deed was done —

And in my pocket straightway lay

Warm, lifeless flesh and bone.

The owners house was close by, and on another were men at work, who as with exultant grinning we passed on, chaffed us, unthinking mortals! On and on, from the winding roads to a thicket margined one, the steep acclivity of which denoted our approach to the tall rock Palisades bordering the Hudson. Here halting for a glass of water at a roadside cottage, little girls gave us peaches, (the only act of civility by the way we encountered in our travel.) Pursuing our road, at length we wound down the rocks, and came upon a spot yclept Haylers landing place, nearly opposite to little Yonkers. A grocery-store, two or three barns or houses, the broad, rippleless Hudson, with the sheen of the setting sun flaming on it, and falling on the fresh deep verdure & autumnal tints of the foliage on the banks. Making a few inquiries from a surly aboriginal boy at the grocery store, we then purchased crackers and assended the road, struck off mid the rocks and trees and prepared

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1851-09-03

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Fruit
Chickens
Poetry
Children
Grocery trade
Food
Diaries
Leisure
Indians of North America
Turkeys
Travel
Hunting

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