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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 78, April 13, 1851

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Identifier: DX01008266

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 78, April 13, 1851

Description: Describes an incident involving a dead muskrat and two dogs.


sunning himself on the grassy swamp opposite. “Get your gun Charley [Wolf] and fix him!” Charley disappears, appears with an English double barrel, is rowed softly across, leaps out, steals on some yards, gets out of the way of interposing rock and fires. Muskrat is disposed of and brought over to us, pitched out and pitched into by a little terrier to any extent. But not more so than by another kept in the rear of the house. He, when the defunct varmint was thrown to him, fixed his teeth into it and held on so that there was no getting it from him. The other terrier had his grip also, and how they tugged. “Gr! — grrrrrrr! Yow! Yow! yow!!!” Backwards and forwards, in tub and out tub, till at last terrier No1, gave place to No2, and he kept rat, & though held suspended by it continually wouldn’t quit. When however they did get it, the mink bag was “mussed all to northen!” / Continuing our walk, arrived at a somewhat stylish castellated sort of building, surmised to be the property of Mr Bolton, Mr John’s host & entertainer when in these parts. Rather pretty church whereat he preaches. Inquiring of a boy learnt that we had guessed aright; — he took us through the copse in rear of the church and shewed us the rocking stone. Sketched it.

Asking the boy did he know Mr Johns, “Do you mean Wood-johns?” quoth he. “Oh yes, he knew him”, he goes to Jerusalem and such places don’t he?” — (Boy evidently having an idea that Johns was a sort of biblical bagman. This double title of his suggests his queer duality. Mr Johns owes for his board. Mr Woodjohns is a dignified Episcopalian, — Mr Johns may be expelled with ignominy from the sniffling and blatant billingsgate Mrs [Mary] Holt; — but Mr Woodjohns is a different individual, known and esteemed by country ministers, and beyond reproach. Walking on through the village noticed a little beer house shanty, with the inscription “Bolton beer house. On this rock have I built my house, and the villany of man shall not prevail against it.” The owner

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-04-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Animals
19th century
Church buildings


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