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After packing carpet-bag and donning corduroy suit
and log boots went with George to take leave of the Tews.
Found William skinning and dressing an ox   a very tough
one, who d done many a day s ploughing, and which he had
taken for a bad debt   with intent to sell it at Hamilton.
Back, and goodbyes.  Into wagon with George and John Con-
worth.   Got to Paris about an hour too soon.   Off and through
the dull, drizzling day back to the United States. Got to
and across the Suspension Bridge by half an hour after sun-
set.   The river looked muddy and discolored.   To a little
hotel   the  U. S. Hotel   in Niagara City, as they now call
the village at the Suspension Bridge.    Having washed &c, tur-
ned out into the damp dark night and to Mrs Griffin s
cottage   really a  cottage on the cliff.  (She is Mrs Potter s
sister and was at Bleecker St. about twelvemonths ago.)
Miss Cooper opened the door to me.  Both ladies gave me a very
friendly welcome.   Stayed talking two hours, of Bleecker Street
folks and mutual acquaintances.  Learnt that old Mrs Coo-
per has gone on a visit to Mrs Gouverneurs, at Cold Spring.
When the Patten s were here they were  doing  every place in the
greatest hurry, didn t cross the bridge to Goat Island nor
go up to the Falls on the  Maid of the Mist,  old Patten being
afraid (!) of doing so.  One of their stage-drivers alluded to them
as a pair of  snapping-turtles.            To my hotel and a decent
cleanly bed by 9.
  13.  Wednesday.  Great trampling of boots everywhere in the
morning.  Up and breakfasted leisurely, then by 10 to the cot-
tages   not this time in corduroys and boots.           It is very
picturesquely situated, commanding a beautiful view of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and twenty-five
Description:Describes a visit to Mrs. Griffin's cottage in Niagara City.
Date:1858-10-11
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth, John; Cooper, Lucia; Cooper, Mrs.; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Griffin, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Tew, William
Coverage (City/State):Paris, [Ontario]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.