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a steep intensely frozen copse-covered bank, till I can
look down on the lower Fall.       Steeper than the first,
I think, and prettier.    Here I stay for an hour or two,
viewing the cataract from different spots, slipping about &
holding on to the ice-covered twigs and trees;  the very barks
of which had an icy covering shell,  which would crackle &
snap when touched.       Sometimes showers of water came from
below, in the shape of half born iceicles.           Back
after a long look about the ruined houses.  Two, there are.
To my place, supped, read till 8, and on the cars again.
Bergen by 9 or half past, long delay in starting.  Snow-storm.
Bed at the Railway hotel, where I write this.  Candle going
  30.  Thursday.   Was aroused just in time to get into
a canvas-covered cart yclept  The Stage , and in company with
the driver, another individual, divers boxes & a mail bag, was
jolted over 7 miles of ice-[bound?] roads, intensely, savagely
cold withal.   Driver, New York born, had been a Circus-rider.
Other man a peddler.      Arrived at Le Roy & Heylyn s.
Greetings, feeding &c, talk.          About the town with him &
divers calls during the day.
  31.  Friday.   Off to the Buttermilk Falls, which; this,
time were in full operation and looked very picturesque. For
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and twenty
Description:Describes his journey to Le Roy and Edward Heylyn's house.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Nature; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel; Winter
Coverage (City/State):Bergen, [New York]; Le Roy, [New York]
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.