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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 5, August 1, 1852

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Identifier: DX01180177

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 5, August 1, 1852

Description: Describes his impressions of the room upon waking up in Elisha Hall's farmhouse.


August 1852.

1. Sunday. Uprose, after making one sound nap of all the night. And now for a glance round the room. Imprimis it was snugly carpetted to the feet, and the sides hidden by paper and curtains. The bed was under an arched space made to recieve it, deeply curtained, portly-pillowed — a perfect shrine for “Morpheus or Eclympasteire, that was the God of Sleep his heire.” Five or six Chinese paintings, of river scenery, fort and harbour, pales driven across streams to repel red-haired barbarians &c all of merit, perspective respected & well painted. Books, [Charles] Dickens words with others in plenty. Table spread with daguerrotypes. Haydon [Hall] & his wife &c. Looking glass decorated atop by some pretty dependent, willow looking summer creeper. Other prints gaily colored. And a snug rocking chair to repose in & contemplate going to bed in this exceedingly comfortable chamber of a Genessee farmer. Up, extensive washing at the rear of the house with bucket & well water. Breakfast, ambrosial bacon, cakes, preserved fruits, pickles &c, then out with Homer [Hall], his father [Elisha Hall] and another son looking abroad. In the wheat fields — they had got their crops in. Looking at the various machines in use, thrashing machines, &c, wheat cutting &c. In barn and about fields, then walked back with Homer to his house, at a few hundred rods from his fathers. Just a log-hut outside, humble enow to look at, snug enough within. What is noticeable

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-08-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Rural areas
Domestic life
Agricultural machinery


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