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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 55, September 26, 1852

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Identifier: DX01204580

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 55, September 26, 1852

Description: Describes a visit to Morrisania to see land purchased by Frank Royal in the projected village.


there with Mr [Frank] Royal & Bush and boy Jack to the Harlem Railroad. Standing room only — & little of that some fifteen persons being crowded on to the space fitting for five. This however was remedied when we reached the place where steam supplants horse power. Rattled over twelve miles space, & descended at Fordham, just past Morrisiana [Morrisania]. A projected village, the streets and avenues in projection laid out across farm & tillage land. Trees up-torn or hewn down, fair orchards defaced — all indications of the coming village. Some how there was regret produced by the scene — homesteads & firesides are pleasant enow to imagine, but then there’s the attendant vulgarisms of Civilization. Nature is never vulgar, never jars with the mind or offers uncomeliness to the eye.

We clambered across an orchard, thickly studded with well-laden apple-trees — (helping ourselves freely,) over field & furrow, getting hickory-nuts &c, at length reaching the piece of ground Royal & Bush have purchased. A partially triangular spot, well located, one side taking in what may be an entire block. Rambled about — it was a lovely afternoon, pure gentle clear atmosphere & sunlight — & by 5 or so returned through thicket & path to Morrisiana, lower or upper — I forget which. Railroad cars & back again to New York. Royal quitting us at Canal

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-09-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Nature
Rural areas
Railroad travel


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