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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 175, September 4, 1851

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Identifier: A0632-00002

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 175, September 4, 1851

Description: Describes a walking trip taken with Arthur Mason.

Transcription:

as no boat would arrive till that evening, we [Gunn and Arthur Mason] struck up the road and journeyed on. Through the copse, along roads where the dust lay deep and hot, where the shade of the leaves was beautiful to see on the grass, where the breeze rustled, and the grasshoppers and katydids went before us by hundreds; where looking on each side, far as you might see, moved and stirred the world of leaves, and twigs and boughs, harbouring its world of insects and summer creatures, all exhilarated and astir in the fresh morning. This left behind, on we plodded along dusty roads, now down hill, now up, scantily-scattered housed here and there, but no people; (the country in America, is very lonely in this respect.) Winding in, far through the country went the roads, now would we pass a dozen or so of scared sheep who would huddle against the palings and be in a panic till we had passed; once an Italian was standing by the road-side grinding his organ to two Irishman; who in the field beside, stood leaning on the fence, in the hot noon-day sun. Further on we met his comrade. Where a tree gone tempting shade we stopped, and halting ate apples, gathered from the trees by the road side. Thus, till at 4 in the afternoon we came to a place called Harrington, where we entered and inquired for dinner. After sitting on the bar talking with a stout, one eyed, evil spoken man, — (a New Yorker there staying awhile) and witnessing two snapping turtles which had been captured over night, one being held up by his tail for out inspection, from the barrel in which they were; we descended a steep staircase to a meal of fried ham and eggs, with tea and Indian Corn bread accompanyments. Three or four provincial-spoken women there two boys and any amount of small dogs. Meal over, paid, imbibed and leaving that twas 5 miles to Piermont, whither I expected to reach New York from, per boat, off we set. A very long 5 miles is that I fancy. Met a gypsy, coat off, dark whiskered and swinging his stick as he inquired of us respecting his comrades at Hoboken. (These gypsies they say are the first

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1851-09-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Insects
Irish
Italians
Sheep
Food
Leisure
Nature
Romanies
Turtles
Travel

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