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still you dash on bravely all in front of the American
Fall.     Then to its grander sister, the Horseshoe 
Fall.     This you do not approach so nearly  
no boat could do that   could breast that raging charybdis
of blinding, driving, sparkling white and green waters,
and live.     Surging channels and eddys are madly vexing
the fallen rocks, huge masses of which have, as is
plain to be seen tumbled over, as others will.     There is
a bright Iris bow, gold and red and green spanning
the foam before you   there is the tower, looking small
enow, high, high, up,   there to the right is Table
Rock, hanging awfully over, a great curve seen from below.
But the little boat plashes back impatiently, you rem-
ain gazing, wet through from the knees downward;  
you give up your aquatic garments, and ten minutes
brings you back to the little landing place, standing beside
the green eddying river.                   Talking with an
Englishman, passed over the Bridge with him. It is
a Suspension bridge, awfully high up, not at all finely
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page two hundred and four
Description:Describes his second day at Niagara Falls, New York.
Date:1852-07-28
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.