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rolling far and wide over the country, trees and
herbage wet and solitary, shivers of blacks flying
from the chimney of the locomotive, to the infinite
discoloration of my wide-awake.  More hills &
mountains, rivers, tree stumps by the thousand,
wooden shanties & dep ts.   Arrived at Hornells-
ville,    twenty minutes or breakfast,  which produced
the usual flocking forth.       I got some cigars, escon-
ced myself, (on this train again starting) inside a
sort of half-empty baggage car, sat down on a big box,
and time waned merrily.     Up rose the glorious gol-
den Sun! and out laughed tree and river,
bush, brake, and hillside.   Up curl the mists,
and fade and as the day draws on, vanish. On
we roll.     Sturdy country fellows with queer cone
like hats enter the cars; shrewd, confident and
hard looking.     One o clock and we rush into
a great dep t, beyond which is a straggling
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and eighty-seven
Description:Describes his railroad journey to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Hornellsville, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, boarding house living, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, the start of the ''Lantern'' publication and joining the ''Lantern Club,'' attending a ball on Governors Island, attending a lecture by E. H. Chapin, visits to Staten Island, and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.