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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 116, June 11-12, 1851

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Identifier: DX01025391

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 116, June 11-12, 1851

Description: Describes his journey to Fonthill Castle.


half-hour’s pause during a thunder-storm, which kept us under shelter on a doorstep, we [Gunn and Dillon Mapother] called on [Thomas] Picton. There with him till 11, talking of topics public, private & national. The “Era” exists no longer; — and a new paper yclept the “Leader” is projected. “Era” paid, though not well enough. Left, and parting at [168] Duane, to our separate beds.

12. Thursday. Rather a dull morning, scarcely promising the glorious day which followed. Taking the cars at Chamber Street, was rumbled on down Hudson & out in the brink of the North river, till trees and country replaced timber yards. The customary travellers, masculines reading the days papers, the feminines talking with Yankee accent. A stout man [Edwin Forrest], with a companion seated behind me. Pleasantly rapid journey, the Hudson on the left & country on the right. Arrived at YonkersI alight, and making inquiry, jog down the railroad track for the space of a mile. The tall rock “Palisades” on the opposite shore, summit and base clad in verdure, the river clear and sparkling, and the blue жther without a cloud. Directed by a Railroad-Paddylander I, at length, ascend the steep bank, and winding up a neglected path, I come suddenly in sight of Fonthill Castle. A castellated machinilated, half-Tudor-half incongruous Norman edifice, turret rising above turret. A marvellous sleeping-beauty-in-the wood air about it; grass growing even to the lintel summer-insects buzzing drowsily, and the wild flowers and cedars gently moving in the breeze. I try bell and door handle, walk round the building: — it is clearly deserted. Crossing a ploughed corner of land, I skirt a fence, and clamber into the adjoining grounds. A little verandah’d villa, all deserted: another, and of greater pretensions, deserted also. Returning to my Railroad adviser, by his direction pursued a path leading from the castle door; through a field of rye, the tall blades of which reached to my shoulders, skirting a little thicket, and up a lane, where was a farm-villa, with sheds & prettily covered well. A word with a red-shirted man in adjoining field had informed me that Mr

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-06-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing
Railroad travel


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