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When at the bottom, it well repayed us.  Great waves leaping
up, contending fiercely, whirling round and round in mad
rage, the whole surface of the vexed river one cauldron
of white foam.       An hour here, then on the road
again,  a lift  for a mile or two, to the  Devil s
Hole .      It is an enormous Chasm in the rocks,
one great platform of cliff jutting out and beetling over
awfully.     (Down here were precipited some hundreds of
wretched Indians in the French Canadian war.)  Below
there is a noise of rushing water.      I got down some
small distance by means of a ladder-stair, and then resumed
the road with Heylyn.     Miry, thawing, dirty, wet snow
progression, and at length we reach Lewiston Bridge.
A much finer Suspension Bridge than the other, leading,
like it, into Canada.   On the rocks on the other side
was fought the Battle of Queenstown Heights during the
Second War between the United States and Great Britain.
There Brook fell and high up you can see his monument
damaged and rent as it is by some malicious scoundrel,
who placed gunpowder and a slow match beneath it.   I
did not cross here, owing to Heylyn who had been boring
wretchedly about getting back in time for the Railroad Cars,
(he during the whole time of his absence having been
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and thirty-three
Description:Describes Niagara Falls in the wintertime.
Date:1853-01-06
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Railroad; Travel; Winter
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, 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.