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both falls up the river and of the rapids below, not
to speak of the Suspension Bridge, in itself a pretty struc-
ture as well as a wonderful work of art.      The trains pass
over it very, very deliberately.   On the very edge of the preci-
pice, below which, at about a hundred feet or so, is the
rocky pathway to the  Maid of the Mist  once stood Mrs
Griffin s summer house; but during her non-residence at the
cottage, the occupants of an adjacent Irish shanty used it up
for firewood!            The day was a lovely one   sunny and warm.
Talked awhile with the ladies and strolled about.   A good-
looking Mrs George Burroughs, from Toledo, Ohio, called with
a very old lady   the mother of Mrs Griffin s deceased hus-
band.    They had just driven down to the village, from the
falls, where the husband of the former had come to attend
a Railroad convocation.      I set out with Miss Cooper
and walked beside the railroad track to the Falls village,
where we went to the Niagara House.    Here we found Miss
Weighty and Julia Griffin   I don t suppose the first-men-
tioned young lady spells her christian name as I ve written it
  also a Miss Oswald.       Talked and chaffed all the rest of
the morning, dined down stairs in the hotel room.    The
house is owned by Mrs Griffin (who once kept the Clifton,
on the Canadian side) and the two girls are her neices.
They have two brothers also, whom I did nt see; they   in
conjunction with most of the bachelorhood of the village   being
off on a three days hunt.           After dinner out with Miss Coo-
per for a ramble on and around Goat Island. A hand-
somish Iron bridge has replaced the old wooden one which af-
forded access to the islands.   Some of the little bridges leading
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and twenty-six
Description:Describes a visit to Niagara Falls.
Date:1858-10-13
Subject:Burroughs, George, Mrs.; Cooper, Lucia; Griffin, Mrs.; Griffin, Julia; Griffin, Weighty (Davis); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Oswald, Miss; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, New York]
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.