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where were established booths and shanties in each
side, vociferating lemonade dealers &c; I came
to where I can stand at the edge of the American
fall.   Just a glance at its profile as it comes
roaring down, not a smooth cascade but, succession
of ones, some projecting beyond others thus [small sketch here]
Here, though ground as is all about Niagara,
yet the Imagination has to supply much,   you see
the troubled water nearing the awful edge, the great
surging foam below, you hang by the bushes and
look down, but can not see Niagara in a tithe
part of its awful beauty.        Down a steep wooden
staircase, beside which was a sort of slant en dicular
rope railroad transporting people up and down at
the rate of 6 cents a head.         An awfully long
staircase that was, though descent was nothing con-
trasted with the ascent.             Here a trivial event
occurred, which might have led to disagreable
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and ninety-two
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.