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Heylyn had not intended to accompany me farther than
to Byron, his own desire to go to Niagara having 
been rendered null by matrimonial management.  I think
Edward had better not go.  quoth Mrs H.    Sooth to say
self, (and that in a very vulgar way,)  being the lady s faith,
she had no particular reason for wishing him to please himself.
/     Homer having however informed us of another route,
by which it was imagined we could reach Niagara by night,
Heylyn must fain go.       I never pressed him, save
in moderation long before; never should to anyone
save one whom I found true metal, brains &
good-fellowship both.        So after a hearty meal at 4 o c
we set off in the cutter, across the country for a
little place yclept Holley, albeit pronounced by the abo-
rigines as Haw-ley.       And ah! what a bore was
Heylyn on the road.   First we discovered that the place
was four miles farther than Homer had asserted. And 
Heylyn did so worry with anticipations of what he should 
do if the snow thawed to get home, when he should
get home, (to do nothing but be bored:) with common place
iterations of the same ideas repeated a hundred times
over and garnished by coarse oaths; that but that I
had perfectly cool contempt for such [unclear word] of temper
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and twenty-five
Description:Describes the journey by sleigh to Niagara Falls with Edward Heylyn.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Homer; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Liz; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):Byron, [New York]; Holley, [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.