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boards vibrating up and down, and below
you at about four or five feet that ever-
lasting  rush of foaming water in a somewhat
contracted channel, of perhaps ninety feet.
The dank mist is over you and you feel you
are now near, surrounded by, as one may say
the Cataract.    Trees dark and dim and moist.
Turning to the right, in accordance with the
thunderous plash I wound along a forest
path until I could see by the broad white
foam through the dark trees that the edge
of the precipice was near.       And soon I came 
on to it, Sealed on a bent tree, on an
eminence, below which wound a steep and
devious pathway I could look out on the
whirling sea of foam below.    Could hear the 
roar of both falls.           Presently I threaded
this pathway, then after half an hour re-
turned and farther on .   Winding long
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and ninety-six
Description:Describes his first day at Niagara Falls, New York.
Date:1852-07-27
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; 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.