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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 6, August 1-2, 1852

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Identifier: DX01180663

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 6, August 1-2, 1852

Description: Comments briefly on American agriculture versus English agriculture.


in particular is, that so little attempt is made at pretty little gardens around the houses. Weeds grow & all looks wild & intended. Homer [Hall]’s wife [Alzina Hall] was within, not very well & asleep on the couch. Sate talking & eating currants for an hour or so, then Homer walked back with me to the house. In the orchard, he talking of grafting & other agricultural mysteries. Back to the house, repast — Old Mr [Elisha] Hall not returning. Had a long walk through & about the country with him when he did, at sunset. The roads run in right angles at a miles distance from each other. Genessee is highly cultivated and the best wheat growing country in the States. They have brought machinery into play everywhere, and unless English farmers have, of late years, done the like, (they may, since the Exhibition,) Americans are infinitely ahead of them. Very peaceful and quiet & the day seemingly thrice as long as when spent in crowded city.

2. Monday. Out for a ride in “the buggy” with Mr Hall, a mile or twain along country roads, to “the Store,” a sort of Caleb Quotem establishment, for purchase and sale. Thither did the farmers resort to sell their wheat, (to be transported by the close by railroad to Rochester, thence to New York,) thither they came to buy tea, sugar, salt fish or the few things they “raise” not on their own land. After much talk, more smoking, gossip of “crops,” and neighbours back we rode, with certain iron-ware “forms for Homer, divers salt cod-fish & some sugar. Having deposited these

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-08-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Agriculture
Rural areas
Agricultural machinery
General stores


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