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expectations.   Unmentionable beside Niagara, they are of course.
But they have beauty.   An irregular, broken up, ledgy mass
of rock front they leap over,  breaking up their streams.  At
this time they were all yellow, and discolored, and sending
showers of icy spray, far and wide, coating the bare trees
with dirty ice, and   decorating the summer benches placed
for the ease of gazers  with long yellowish spear like 
iceicles.  /       I can t guess the height of the fall, having
no idea whatever of distance.       I m stupid at it.  If I hear
how many rods or feet aught may be I m bothered at once &
can t guess anything from it.    Same about number over 1000
or so. /           On, by the cliff edge & then road, for a
mile to the lower Fall,    tying my sombrero round my
head bonnet fashion, to avoid losing it, as well as prevent
my ears freezing; as in truth it was bitter cold, and
the raging wind-flow almost upset me every five minutes.
A mile passed over, (this I know by enquiry,)  I reach
the spot.   A little colony of houses on the other side, some
built over the stream  to avail themselves of the water power,
great rocky ledges in the bed of the river, breaks and
holds adown which the water roared and ran.   Father in yet,
past a most picturesque ruined house, through the
eyeless holes of which could the fall be seen, and down
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and nineteen
Description:Describes his visit to the Genesee Falls.
Date:1852-12-29
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Travel; Winter
Coverage (City/State):[Rochester, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.