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city   it is Dunkirk, 460 miles from New York.
All out with a great to-do.  I learning that the
cars ran on to the spots whither boats started for
Buffalo, hold on and saw there rises before me a 
great broad blue lake the Erie.  A
steamer came plashing up, but it was bound for
Detroit.  No boat off for Buffalo till the morrow,
so I grasp carpet-bag and walk back to the dep t 
there to learn that in an hour I could be on my
way by rail.   Went into ticket office, left carpet
bag, then to an adjoining room and dined.  Lamb,
coffee & pie.    Out, striding up and down, good
lot of people there waiting.  Cars arrived, called
in ticket office, got carpet bag & made a rush 
with a little civil old man there presiding across &
around the track to a certain office and an individual
who wrote certain talismanic words on the rear of my
ticket: franking me on to Buffalo.   Got
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and eighty-eight
Description:Describes a stop at Dunkin, New York, on his way to Niagara Falls.
Date:1852-07-27
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Dunkirk, [New York]; Buffalo, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.