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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 9, August 2, 1852

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Identifier: DX01182120

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 9, August 2, 1852

Description: Describes his visit with Edward Heylyn, including the town of Le Roy.


recognized me, but would not have done so had not he [Edward Heylyn] descanted upon my appearance when last he saw me in Jersey. Supped with them, then Mr [Elisha] Hall took his departure, Heylyn insisting I must stay there that night & next day. Out with him, he having to attend an Odd Fellow Lodge, being Secretary. Through the town with him, wherein my beard & sombrero provoked considerable staring. Heylyn introducing me every where. A contrast this quiet country life in a corner of New York state, for a “fast” young Londoner, who spent overmuch of his substance in riotous living. And for some 6 or 7 years too. He save for a certain stove peddling enterprize in Michigan, hath done nothing but “hunt,” & amuse himself, which last he could but ill effect, especially in winter. He was flurried at my arrival, considered it a special act of Providence, in the way of poking him up to do something. Says he’ll learn Surveying, — encouraged him in it. After leaving me some half hour in the book-sellers store of the main Street, Heylyn returned, and after imbibition we returned though by a different route, as the bridge was unsafe after a shower of rain such as had occurred during the time I waited for him. At his house again, sitting in his best parlor, talking with him and his wife [Liz Heylyn]. Of old [Samuel] Beazleyian times & cronies. Bye the bye he had framed in the room a certain water color drawing of the interior of Rochester Castle by Papa Foulon; which

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-08-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Fraternal organizations
Rural areas


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