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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 77, April 12-13, 1851

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Identifier: DX01007817

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 77, April 12-13, 1851

Description: Describes his country walks with Henry Hart and Dillon Mapother.


A rustic bridge, formed by rough tree trunks crossing the stream, pendant willow and copsewood, streamlet gurgling and eddying round the roots of the trees, or the small islands of pebbles and dead leaves. There I sat and sketched till sunset, undisturbed by human sound, save the cry of a man ploughing with oxen in the adjacent field; — or a pretty girl who with a dog crossed the bridge. Back to Mr [Henry] Hart and Dillon [Mapother]; — saw a muskrat, defunct, and dead snake some three feet long, whose head had been jerked off, in whip-lash fashion, by [Charley] Wolf junior. Supper, — the girl whom I had seen being present — (one Miss Lyon, daughter of a neighbouring farmer.) Sate in the parlour, fumigating with Mr Hart, Dillon and Wolf during the evening, then at about 9, to the upper floor, (on the landing place of which I noted an old spinning wheel) to a near whitewashed room, with shelving roof on one side, and a small window, which slid back into the wall on being opened, into a comfortable bed, bulgy underneath, where I made one nap of the night.

13. Sunday. Up about 6, and after breakfast, determined on a walk to “the Sound”, with Dillon and Mr Hart set off, through the lanes. How different is American to English landscape. Everywhere here, are yon reminded how new to civilization is this country; — in England all is as [Ralph Waldo] Emerson says, “as if finished with a pencil”, — undrained land here, much rock and underwood, water streams every where. All looked bare, more so than at this time of the year I should have imagined. Passing through villages, mostly of wood tenements, and the church the same, meeting few people, at length we came to a road, formerly the main one to Boston. At a tavern “Shute’s” there, awaiting the arrival of the stage, Mr Hart wishing to get newspapers. Idling outside with Dillon, watching two young fellows putting out boat for eel-fishing, in one of the straggling necks of water proceeding from the Sound, a big musk-rat is diserned [discerned]

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-04-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Animals


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