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there the little rocky islets, (so well drawn in Bartlett s
engraving;)  now all bare and horrent with skeleton
pines and cedars.     Across to Goat Island, (paying our
twenty five cents;) and I piloting we skirted the Island
towards the American Fall.      Arrived towards the
steep pathway that leads to the top of the minor fall,
(beneath which is the so-called  Cave of the Winds ) and
the path being all ice-covered and consequently slippery, very
much ado had I to get Heylyn to follow.       At length
he did and we crossed to the other island.    Thence
back, and after another squatting, sliding descent, across
the bridges from rock to rock, (every thing ice or snow-
covered and as slippery as glass,)  up to the summit of
the tower on Terrapin Rock  and again Niagara was
lying beneath me, in all the savage grandeur of winter.
Platform, summit, column and railing are all marbled with
ice, and a wintry sleet dashes over us from below.  It is a
dull, brooding day, no sun visible and the Great Cataract is
awfully beautiful to see.    All above, across the broad river
to the frost-bound   Canadian shore, the rapids are dashing and
leaping in their wildest winter s fury, till driven over the
inevitable edge, where they appear of a dull yellowish green,
merging into a sea of foam which boils up from the abyss
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Describes Niagara Falls in the wintertime.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Travel; Winter
Coverage (City/State):Niagara [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.