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picture it.                    That tower will fall some
day, I fancy.                           Talking with a
man up there   he d no bed, neither had I.
At about 10 we to the village, found a little
house and the old woman took us in.    Made us
up a bed together.       Two good tempered Cockneys
in a bed on the floor beside us.        Great luck to get
shelter at all.     Didn t expect it. Lets out all
night as we anticipated.   Slept. The roar of the
Cataract murmuring roaring monotonously on.
  28.  Wednesday. Up by 4.    Talk and chat
with the fellows who occupied the floor bed. Lavation,
and washings &c in the rear of the little wooden house,
then a most substantial & plentiful breakfast, in com-
pany with some dozen of sturdy, good humored rough
fellows.  Then having paid 50 cents, I with my
overnight s acquaintance start off.  To the Cataract
house where I got my carpet bag.   Returned put on
clean shirt & effected other comforts in the cleanly way.
Wrote two notes, leaving them at the Post Office, in case of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page two hundred and one
Description:Describes finding lodging in a house in Niagara Falls.
Date:1852-07-27
Subject: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.