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I had fain told him of the infinite relief  twould have been
to have let me alight and jog merrily on for the long wintry
miles.          It was horribly cold in faith, and when within
three miles of fulfilling our fourteen we were not sorry to
take divers tods at a certain Fairfields Mill s Settlement;
where I considerably surprised the idlers by my beard &
some outr  cosmopolitan free & easy sentiments.   Inasmuch
as Heylyn had considerable brandy he was endurable 
until we reached Holly, where we entered the only Inn,
and made two of a circle round a fireplace wherein
huge logs were blazing warming the room everywhere.
Sate half an hour or more listening to talk about
broken limbs & amputations, then waxing drowsy to bed,
Heylyn following, to another, ere long.
  5.  Wednesday.   Up betimes, substantial breakfast, &
to little Railroad dep t.    Aboard, and cheerily to Niagara
Falls, passing along the river & catching a glimpse of
the suspension bridge.   (Heylyn had stabled horse & cutter
at Holley.)          Arrived, by 10 or so, and straightway
to the little boarding-house  I discovered and stayed at in
July.     Left carpet-bag and straightway to the Falls.
Over the first bridge to Bath Island.  There were the
terrible rapids leaping, rushing and raging as of old,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and twenty-six
Description:Describes the journey by sleigh and train to Niagara Falls with Edward Heylyn.
Date:1853-01-04
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Horses; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel; Winter
Coverage (City/State):Holley, [New York]; Niagara Falls, [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.