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that 99 out of every hundred men would do it.  The
young fellow whom last night I met on Goat Island
Bridge assumed a little heroism about it.  I had
fancied it an awful business   it s not.  It s not
a great achievement to do.   And By Jupiter Omni-
potent its worth ten times the peril.     I had anticipat-
ed the path to have been a rocky shelf projecting
out thus [small sketch here] where as it is not, but a slanting
surface of broken rocks, slippery, moveable, but
thus. [small sketch here] [word crossed out] I should have that most magnificent
shower bath every day if I lived on the Canadian
side.        Return.   Crossed in a crowded boat
to the American side, with a regular crowd.  Right
across   a view, both falls.         Up the awfully,
tiring staircase.   Parted with my sensible & pleasant
companion, and to my little boarding house.   Ate
an enormous supper and out again.    To Goat Is-
land.    After a bit of a ramble, to the tower sum-
mit where I stayed three good hours gazing out
at the Cataract.                   How it grows on you,
how great, how grand, how absorbing it is. The 
awe and beauty of Niagara no tongue can tell!
It s the best approach to Eternity s image I can
imagine.       Nor can I essay to stomp  the
impressions, the strange wild imaginings the mind
concieves their.     How amid that vexed vortex of
raging foam and thundering noise you can
imagine ghostly storm spirits, rising up and up
flitting and shrieking, or hovering here and there
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page two hundred and eight
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.