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look again & again, you are all eyes and awe
and thought.            And lo! in the midst
of the great vortex of foam, rising from its
awful depths is a pale beautiful ghost
like rainbow,   it quivers, it wanes it
becomes more distinct against the sombre tree
background,   it is still there and will
continue.    Oh your right you hear the rear
of the smaller American fall, you see it  
though not in its utmost breadth.   And far
down whirls and rushes the mad sea of
foam.   The falls of water are on the American
side all whiter than snow, and save for
such glorious gushes of Oh such bright deep
green!         White generally in the Horse Shoe
Cataract.          More anon about that   )        I
look on on on that Great Horseshoe fall
I can t think of myself   of anything but it,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and ninety-nine
Description:Gives his thoughts on Niagara Falls.
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.