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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 124, January 3-4, 1853

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Identifier: DX01234193

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 124, January 3-4, 1853

Description: Gives his thoughts on country folks.


They talk of hogs, and the “crops.” They are prone to thrust themselves forwards in verbose, dreary talk, with “what they think,” what “they should have done in such a case.” I don’t know one great name sprung from the clod-hopping fraternity.

A gentleman-farmer, one who reads, thinks, and is of good stock is one of the finest fellows in the world; but your’e clods are more “tolerable & not to be endured” than the city-fast man or keen-witted mechanic, spite of all their vices.

4. Tuesday. Down to the town, to get the horse rough shod, &c after packing up & adieus at the house. At about noon off with [Edward] Heylyn in the cutter, (or little sleigh,) for West Bergen & Mr [Elisha] Hall’s. Not much snow having fallen, our progress was somewhat difficult. We were icy cold, spite of the buffalo-skins, and ere long my beard & moustache were covered with ice. Country all bare & wintry, tall trees starting up from congealed snow fields, no sound even of axe to be heard; — only our own sleigh bells. Arrived at Halls, we met Homer [Hall] on the road, sitting behind a team & jogging on to his own house. A few words passed, and we then went to the house. Old Mr Hall proved to be in Canada, having been there some three weeks or more, but was daily expected home. Talk with them all, & with Homer, who soon came in. Now

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-01-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Rural areas


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