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from the main to the lesser islets have been swept away
by the force of the rapids, which leap and roar and rush
as of old.     Above the smaller American fall was an old
boy fishing (!)   wonder whether he caught much.   All the
woods were in their loveliest Autumnal colors, rivalling
those I once saw at this season of the year about the Mam-
moth Cave of Kentucky.  After circumambulating the island
we returned to sup at the cottage, Mrs Griffin accompany
ing us.    Then at her invitation, I fetched my carpet bag
from hotel and established myself for the night under her
roof.     They put me in a snug upper room in the rear, look-
ing out on the precipitous banks and swirling river.   It light-
ened and thundered ere going to bed, and when I ascended
up stairs the rain beat wrathfully against the window panes.
I read through Goldsmith s Traveller and thought how little
when he penned the lines about Niagara in Heaven knows
what London garret   up  Breakfast Steps  may be   did
he speculate on their being read within sound of its roar
a century hence.     Then I lay listening to its troubled,
thunderous music, and the dash of the whirlpool below,
and then, after some hours, to sleep.
  14.  Thursday.  A morning s cigar on the site of the
summer house, then, with the ladies (after a good long so-
litary ramble about the neighborhood, and to the newly-
erected Monteagle hotel)  to the Falls village.  Leaving
them, pursued the track of the not-yet completed hydraulic
canal, even to the river.   Roaming about the village.
To the Post office.   Found a letter from Heylyn, urging me
to return via Rochester, stating that he had been ill again
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Describes a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Cooper, Lucia; Griffin, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.