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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 34, September 5, 1852

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Identifier: DX01194300

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 34, September 5, 1852

Description: Describes a visit to Staten Island with William Barth.


which, according to an ingenious Yankee Custom, which-might with advantage be adopted in England, was straw placed, had a comfortable, substantial tread. An English Piano, books, pictures &c, all things fitting. [word crossed out] [Alfred] Swinton is everyway [words crossed out] different from his partner, red-headed & lecherously talking [Augustus] Fay. / Through the garden, looking at the beehives &c, then off with [William] Barth for a ramble in the interior of the island. Along a road & right into the woods

— Where the trees were green

And the winds were soft & low

Lying amid some sylvan scene

Where the long drooping boughs between

Shadows dark & sunlight sheen

Alternately come & go.

Thus idling the day long, till waxing hungry we sought the road & anon encountered two boys. A precocious, a presumptive, an ill mannered boy was one, having an overpowering idea of the virtues & ferocity of his dog. This boy did we mystify exceedingly by extensive doses of chaff, feigning him to be a savage inhabitant of the isle, & offering wild suggestions as to his mode of life. Indeed at my supposition, that the contents of a neighbouring field were a flourishing crop of broom handles, so moved was he that he threatened to “jump up & hit

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-09-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Children
Domestic life


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