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bridge   the first one leading to Goat ^|Bath| Island, (as
I afterwards found)   wooden planks, stout enough,
but vibrating with the motion of the rushing roar-
ing waters, pouring on with eddy and whirl
over rocks and stones,  all foam flecked far as
you could see .     Swiftly   swifter yet, with
spray and foam against the bridge supports, with
rush & leap and sparkle, rushing, rushing
ever to that awful leap below went the broad stream
Here the moist air was inexpressibly delightful.  Goat
Island, (not the small place I had fancied)   but
huge, large and umbrageous, several with brush and
tree down to the travelled margin.   White clouds
of mist rising from the cataract below.     After
passing over this bridge, I returned, deferring my visit
to Goat Island, being desirous of getting a peep
below.    So passing on, (the ever present sound
of the fall in my ears,) through a treed lane
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and ninety-one
Description:Describes his first day at Niagara Falls, New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, 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.