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chasm nigh upon 200 feet deep, tree tops far, far
below.             /        Solaced myself with  Henry Esmond 
when scenery waxed tame.             Elmira by 7 or so,
and missing the cars on for Rochester,  to the Brainard
Hotel as heretofore, and now, (10 o clock,) to bed.
  29.  Wednesday.   Hurried rising & breakfast, $1.50
paid, and rattled down to the dep t.   All aboard , and off.
Day-breaking gloriously over the ice-bound land, great purple
clouds and bars of dusky yellow.    On & on, solacing my-
self with  Henry Esmond.           Rochester,   a glimpse at
hurried eddys & whirling foam, and we are there.   About
12 or 12 1/2.    To a hostel, of no great pretension, where
I had a good homely 25 cent dinner, left carpet-bag and
set off straightway to explore the Genessee Falls.   Across the
long railroad bridge, beneath which the water was raging and
dashing on to the fall below, the edge of which could be
seen from it; a slight circumflex of road, and striking
into an ice-covered field I reach the edge of the bank.
A raging, blustering, staggering ice-cold wind was abroad
rendering it no easy matter to keep one s footing: it
was at best but a sliding, tumbling business I made of it.
The Falls swollen by the winter torrents and dashed and disor-
dered by the keen winds, surpassed, I think any
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and eighteen
Description:Describes his arrival at Rochester and his visit to the Genesee Falls.
Subject:Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel; Winter
Coverage (City/State):Elmira, [New York]; Rochester, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Brainard Hotel
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.