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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 173, September 3-4, 1851

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Identifier: DX01045857

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 173, September 3-4, 1851

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


supper: [Arthur] Mason busying himself to make a fire, while I plucked and anatomized the turkey. Anon I descended again to the river, for the purpose of washing the bird, and returning, with that done and bottles twain of beer; we strung turkey gypsey-fashion

Betwixt two poles upon a string transverse.

Mason had built a famous fire, glowing charred wood heating the two stones ‘tween which it was thoroughly. And marvellously picturesque was the whole scene. We sate on a irregular rock ledge; tall tree tops below, down down, till the eye lit on the river. Above us rocks, trees, cliffs, and all around shutting us out from the world. The fire glowed and leapt and sparkled in the evening breeze, burned string and down came turkey. So we had to toast him, and ere long he was cooked to a miracle, and on a rock for table, we fell to, and with turkey, buisciuts salt, beer, and subsequently a slight toss of brandy what a glorious supper we did have to be sure. Fine, fat, fresh little turkey, he wasn’t made to eaten by Yankee clod-poles, or to be kept for heathen Thanksgiving days, or New Years dinners; — we appreciated him! Supper over, a delectable contemplation smoke, and then the shades of even closing round us, we descend. to the Grocery Store, and I from the proprieter thereof demand permission to sleep in hayloft adjacent, which is accorded, and up a marvellous ladder into it straightaway. There, over a stable (in which, I think the cow inhabiting it, munched all night long,) we made our couches, taking off books, and after penetrating deeply into the hay, and covering ourselves with our coats; (my big loose one admirably adopted for the purpose,) we were long fell asleep and slumbered soundly till the clear cold fresh breeze coming in at the open. . . .

4. Thursday. . . . .door window facing us and looking northwards, aroused us to the birth of another day. Up we rose, all covered with hay seed, and to the river brink where we laved to our satisfaction, and then

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-09-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Thanksgiving Day
New Year
Grocery trade
Clothing and dress


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