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and ever.    The Canada shore is right before
you   but severed by this never passed fall.
Woody and thickly clad banks.   Twinkling lights
at the Clifton House and the other hotels.  All
above the falls is the great river full
of rocks and eddys down with roar
and turmoil rush the foamy milk white troubled
waters.      Meantime the tower vibrates and throbs
beneath you, pulsating as does the rock itself,
shaking and shaking again   but you have no
fear.     Niagara is too proud for fear   too
awe inspiring, too beautiful.    Awful it is, &
wonderful beyond all conceit of pen or pencil  
You think of God & Eternity.     It is almost
looking them in the face.    Such a peaceful
reverential quiet throbbing of sail was on me
this night I have never experienced the like.
It grows on you   more and more   you
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and ninety-eight
Description:Gives his thoughts on Niagara Falls.
Date:1852-07-27
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Religion; 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.