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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 12, August 3-4, 1852

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Describes his return train journey to New York. Transcription: me. Whenever I am alone, — am tranquil, sad, meditative and matagrabolized up springs the Old Story into Life. And this night I thought and thought, with such intense fervor that my teeth would be set & hands clenched with at once mad sorrow for the irrevocable past, and mad desire to know, where is she [Mary Bilton], how is she, how looks her face now? / To the farm house, a cigar & bed, [Edward] Heylyn sharing mine. 4. Wednesday. Up by 5, hasty breakfast, adieux and off with Heylyn to the village of Byron, where the Express train paused, after our waiting some fifteen minutes. Promised writing & said good bye to Heylyn and off. Rochester. A busy and thriving town. Into cars for Canadagua, thence into others on a branch of the [New York and] Erie Railroad. Here my return ticket came into use. At first the day had promised to be sunny and fair, but anon it came on to rain most dismally. Fumigating in the baggage cars with brakemen & conductors. Elmira about the middle of the day, which grew wetter as it progressed. A pause of half an hour or more. Dismal people damp and doleful-looking. Presently the cars arrived. Long train, more dismal people, and all the windows of the vehicles being closed, inside they had an atmosphere of almost sulphuretted hydrogen savor. Couldnt stand it. To the standing places or baggage cars, till...
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