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I  
 now am right well satisfied that a
victory in fisty cuffs over either of them would have been
but ill compensated by a black eye to look at Niag-
ara with.  /    Well, we drank at a little
shanty at the side of the fall, and I must needs
sit half an hour with them, which I did gazing
at the profile of the American Fall.  Then, ascent,
it being night.   At the top, sitting looking
at the extreme hedge.     To the Goat Island
Bridge, where I left my inebriated friends, &
leaning over the bridge gazing at the rapids
in the moonlight got talking with three or four
young fellows, one of whom had been under
the Horse Shoe Fall from the Canadian Side that
morning.   Leaving them, they returning to the
village and bed I entered Goat Island, paid
my shilling and across another ridge, the
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and ninety-five
Description:Describes his first day at Niagara Falls, New York.
Date:1852-07-27
Subject:Boyd (Niagara); Burgess; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, New York]
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.