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to look at the edge   to see the mad raging
waves come rushing on with such inconceivable rapidity,
to mark the great curve, to see the broad,
awful swelling plunge down that abyss   to
mark the great foam whirling and soaring and
flitting and gliding, to imagine the watery hell
of noises and tumults, the spirit voices of Nature
crying out ever and ever to the unspeakable
thoughts of man   O what can pen or pen-
cil do to describe it!   All in vain   weak weak
all.           But its Image is with me, for Ever
and Ever.     I have seen Niagara, the
grandest, most beautiful, most awful work of
God s hand in this Planet.         By heaven, I
think were life the price for it, it would be
worth it.       They say there are people who
are disappointed with it. What they must be   what
they think of, what they expect    I know not.
Nothing I could dream, read or imagine can
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page two hundred
Description:Gives his thoughts on Niagara Falls.
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.