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Mr Harr[Hart?] or Fagan arriving, to tailors got a tear
in my breeks mended, then parting with my Yankee
friend set off alone on further exploration.  Walked on
down the bank on the American side below the falls.
Along the woody cliff, below you the green and eddying
water, and rushing foam.  No painters palette can mock
the deep, inexpressibly beautiful green hue of the river.) Below
ever and anon glimpses of the great water fall.      After
a mile or two s walk I came to where the suspension
bridge crosses, high above, and winding down a steep
road came to the rivers brink, just in time to see
the little steamboat  Maid of the Mist  plashing away to-
wards the Falls.   So Sitting down on a tree trunk, I 
tarried her return, looking around everywhere.  The
high rocks, all verdure clad behind, the eddying whirl-
pools below, the Canadian shore opposite.  The river water
is very sweet and clear to drink.      Presently the little 
boat came back, and I went aboard, there to wait
another half hour before the  Capting  started. Some
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page two hundred and two
Description:Describes his second day at Niagara Falls, New York.
Date:1852-07-28
Subject:Clothing and dress; Fagan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; 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.