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	From Niagara to Rochester.
To the house again by 10, then set off to walk 
back to Niagara City.     Mrs. Griffin had just let
the hotel to a private family; it was all unfurnish-
ed above.      Her cottage is let, too; she intends renting
a smaller one.        Returning and walking hastily
sprained the unlucky ankle again, to the voci-
ferous exultant laughter of a negress walking with
others of her color in the rear.      I think nearly all
ignorant people, including children, are naturally
cruel.         To bed at the U. S. hotel.
  17.  Tuesday.   A rainy morning, deterring my
intended return to the falls.     Reading in and
about the bar.      An objectionably soapy landlord
(who could not resist the temptation of a small over-
charge when I paid his bill subsequently) of Eng-
lish Canadian antecedents, a coarse fellow, enga-
ged as  runner,  and a promiscuous dropping in
of Americans, most of whom swore so odiously
as to remind me of the opinion of Bella s father
touching the cause of the decline and fall of their
country.       A visit to the Railroad dep t, got
things passed  at the Custom-house.       An abor-
tive attempt to walk to the falls.   Return.       Off
by rail at 2  .       Rain.       At Rochester by 4  .
To Heylyn s store, where I found the boy John-
ny, who piloted me to a house just taken by his
master, not far from his former one.     There I
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and eighty-four
Description:Describes his visit to Niagara Falls.
Date:1861-09-16
Subject:African Americans; Bella; Griffin, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Johnny; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Railroad travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, New York]; Rochester, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-11

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, New York
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.