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the river was swollen, and came down roaring and tumbling
into the 80 feet chasm with very picturesque fury.    Down below,
whither we clambered, was a perfect forest and thicket of ice-
covered trees, a frozen wood, each branch and twig encased
and imprisoned, huge boughs bound down to the ice-hid rocks on
which they grew.       I never saw or imagined aught so beautiful
in the wintry way.      The stream all brawling and chafing
with rocks flowed between these  minor Arctic forests.
Made a sketch of it.       Afterwards in the ruined houses adja-
cent.      Back, drying, feeding, eating, drinking, cardplaying
fumigating  &c.    Bed about 11.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Describes a visit to Buttermilk Falls with Edward Heylyn.
Date:1852-12-31
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Nature; Travel; Winter
Coverage (City/State):[Le Roy, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.