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was soon stretching my neck out of the window,
looking out for the first glimpse of the great Cataract.
In vain   nor could I hear its roar.     On, fast
and more excited and interested, and expectant than
I ever have been before in my life.   A stoppage
was an intolerable affliction.       At length through
the vistas of young trees we see rows of tents, and
then straggling people; then crowds,  a perfect swarm.
Halt   and off I am, through the dusty throng
across the tracks, listening to a dull monstrous
roar, and as I near the river bank conscious of
a most refreshing humidity of the atmosphere. It
is always moist here   and most delightful to res-
piration.   Called at the huge  Cataract House 
close by, and inquired for Mr Priestley, Whig
Review Editor.    They d letters for him, but knew
not his whereabouts.    So I gave them my carpet
bag to back up and then off.    Across a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and ninety
Description:Describes his arrival at Niagara, New York.
Date:1852-07-27
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Priestley; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, New York]
Coverage (Street):Cataract House
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.