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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 58, March 2-6, 1851

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Identifier: DX09939577

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 58, March 2-6, 1851

Description: Describes a scenic walk with Alfred Waud.


noon. Did not go out any more this day. Homer Hall, Cross and Alf [Waud] as company. Reading “Ten Thousand [a Year]” &c. [William] Barth called on the morning of yesterday, also I had a letter from home. From my Mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] and from Naomi [Gunn].

3. Monday. Intending a day’s hard work, but the day so sunny, the sky so fresh and Alf Waud so inclined for a days vagabondize that off we start, committing ourselves to ferry boat for Hoboken. Haydon Hall aboard, converse with him of Mammoth Cave and Panoramas generally, a breezy day outside, and the waves calling. A brisk riverside tramp of three miles, then ascend the rocks, and commence sketching, the familiar part, the wild position into which the stones have fallen conveying the idea of a Druidical Cromlech. This, with the tall rocks sheltering us from above, the warm sun on our backs, and a calm, glad silence around passed the happy morning. Alf sketching on canvas, in oil, I with paper and pencil. Drawing done, firing the dried leaves &c. And at about 2, he hiding his sketch in the fissure of a huge rock, we descend and back to [177] Canal. Dine in kitchen and then ascent. Mrs Dob [Elizabeth Dobson] inducts a strange man into my room intimating he’s to abide there. Won’t have it, so Alf comes in, and relinquishes his to the stranger, an employee of Mr Hall. Evening Cross comes home bruised horse having smashed the buggy to smithereens, spilt him on a load of iron-ware and then stood still. Homer Hall and Atchien in company with us. The latter teaching us how to do our Autographs in Chinese. Heard to day that Alfred Brown of Albany, Charley [Brown]’s elder brother, and the main stay and hope of ‘em had become bankrupt.

[4. Tuesday through 5. Wednesday] In doors, drawing. [Thomas] Picton’s portrait &c. Cross, Wand, and Homer Hall generally present during the evenings. Atchein much in our room, laughing, howling & cutting capers.

6. Thursday. Drawing, [John N.] Genin’s caps. Waud over at Brooklyn

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-03-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Mammoth Cave (Ky.)


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