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hours then [unclear word] vehicle which had conveyed the
other party and off.   One young Fellow   a frank
hearted, generous young American, employed in the
Tribune Office, name Jansen, had been in Europe.
I liked him very much.     We went to the battle-
field of Lundy s Lane.  Spot where Hull the son
(noble fellow) fell.   Spot where they burnt the
soldiers bodies.     Poor English yeomen and country
homespuns to don red-coats, come here to fight
men having a good cause, and die!
     Back to the boat and across to the U.S.
side.     And to my room, by 9 or so, supped
and to bed, being very tired.      A regular
rain storm in the night, and a startling dream 
of Niagara, so vivid I believed it real almost 
in the morning
  30. Friday.   In doors  writing up diary,
till this present moment of 12 o clock.  Then out
to the Cataract. The Horse-shoe Fall.  Rather
a dull, lowering day, the River, I think swollen
by the overnight s rain-storm.  On the summit 
of the tower for an hour or twain,   had my 
hat blown over the Fall.  Return bareheaded
in the hot sunlight to the village & replaced it
by the other.   To Goat Island again, descending
the staircase to the foot of the rocks between the
Falls.   To the little hut where officiates the
nigger guide to the  Cave of the Winds  paid my
dollar, disrobed, dressed much after the fashion
I had worn, under the Horse-Shoe Fall & then
following him down a steep, wet and slippery
wooden staircase, descended through the drenching
spray, below the minor American Fall.  It is
comparatively speaking very brief, but also very
beautiful.   For all around you are circular
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page two hundred and eleven
Description:Describes a visit to the Battlefield of Lundy's Lane.
Date:1852-07-29
Subject:Clothing and dress; 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.