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pass over,   twill be done this year.   Heylyn raps at the gate
on the other side, and clamors to be let into a free country,
whereupon the gate-keeper, (being a Yankee,) is immensely
tickled.           Having supped at the little  Saloon  we had dined
in,   to the boarding house,  and abed together in a room where
slept four or five others,   windows un-openable by any amount
of coercion.
  6.  Thursday.  After another visit to Goat Island &
the Terrapin Rock Tower, I passed out at a crevice through
the Stairs leading to the Ferry; and by dint of an icy
and precipitous descent got to the nearer foot of the American
Fall, where there is truly a magnificent view of it. Hey-
lyn wouldn t do this, having sprained his hand in yester-
days exploits.         A long walk along the road on the
U.S. side, some 7 miles or so.    And first we visi-
ted the Whirlpool, which is about half a mile below
the Suspension Bridge.      Here the river makes a sud-
den bend, and having been previously confined to narrow 
channels, in turning upon itself, rages, rushes and foams
furiously.   We descended the cliff here, by a long, winding,
devious track, sometimes ladders, sometimes rocky ledge,
sometimes rough steps, stone and planking.    It was long, 
wearisome and snow covered, but hardly dangerous.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and thirty-two
Description:Describes Niagara Falls in the wintertime.
Subject:Boardinghouses; 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.