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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 10, August 2-3, 1852

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Identifier: DX01182606

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 10, August 2-3, 1852

Description: Describes his visit with Edward Heylyn and his return to Elisha Hall's farm.


I recollected right well to have been present at the doing of. Talking till 11 or so, then to bed, [Edward] Heylyn and his wife [Liz Heylyn] in their own chamber, myself in one adjoining it.

3. Tuesday. After breakfasting, with Heylyn to a certain stable where he kept horse & vehicle, he busying himself with the latter, (which looked very neat, being recently fresh painted.) Back to the house with him & presently we were trotting out behind his horse over the country roads at a brisk pace. Talk of his projects of acquiring Surveying &c. An hour or so, and then after a devious forest path, tying the horse we descend deep into a woody dell, which for picturesque beauty could scarcely be equalled. Tall trees high overhead, the interlacing branches and verdure almost veiling the unclouded azure of the blessed firmament above. Trees and bushes and flowers all around, unbroken quiet save for the chirp of a bird, or buzz of a brief lived summer insect. Return in the afternoon, a meal, and then bidding adieu to Mrs Heylyn, off side by side with Heylyn in the “waggon” for Mr [Elisha] Hall’s. There we arrived at about half an hour after sunset. Supped & then with Mr Hall out for an evenings walk. Homer [Hall] was not there, having been all day long thrashing. (Bye the bye, in our talk of the folk at [177] Canal Street, he told me of a circumstance which converts extreme suspicion into nasty certainty about little Mrs [Elizabeth] Dobson & Tilton. How he, Homer, accidentally walking into her room

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1852-08-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Agriculture
19th century
Rural areas


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