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  like to die, but was now better.   To the Niagara
House.    Miss Weighty gone to Buffalo, to purchase oysters,
and what not for the tomorrow nights  banquet which is to be held
in this house, at the cost of the vanquished party   that
which brings in fewer head of game than it s competitor.
It was close upon dinner-time when I returned.   That meal
over, I set off again, crossing to the Canadian shore in
the boat, in front of the two cataracts.     Spent the afternoon
till near sunset on the British side, on the cliffs and
below, principally in company with a Mr Goodwin   I
suspect a Quebec man   who crossed in the same boat.
Up a tall Pagoda-like affair kept by a London Jew, close
by the Cataract.   Below, under Table Rock and the sheet
of water, on our own hook, sans guides.  There are now
three staircases, one the old one, on either side of which
are the Jew s and a spacious rocky-stepped one   the latter
owned by nobody in particular, and the best of the three.
Down upon the monstrous fragment of Table Rock which
lies on the ever troubled water.   You get a tremendous view
of the Horseshoe Fall here, as I found out years ago.
Up, slightly wet and weary, to the deserted Clifton
House, then crossed in the boat again to the U. S. side.
To supper, then by 8. called for Goodwin at the Inter-
national, having appointed to guide him through and
over Goat Island.      Very dark, no moon or stars visible.
The Cataracts looked, as usual, very grand and savage
nocturnally.  Had a pipe on top of the Terrapin tower, 
stayed awhile, then back to the village, parted with my
companion, and to bed at the Niagara House.  Weighty
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Describes a visit to Niagara Falls.
Date:1858-10-14
Subject:Goodwin; Griffin, Weighty (Davis); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); 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.