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haunted by a yearning to be back again.     So we ran back
for 5 or 6 miles at locomotive speed, he saved time
by half a second and we parted.      I walked back
in the lonely wintry evening, the sun having that day shewn
his face for the first time for a fortnight, and now setting
over the western rocks; reached my little boarding-house,
ate an extensive meal, and to bed by 10.
  7.  Fridy.   Took stage for Lewiston, in company
with a pleasant American, (rejoicing in the name of Cuddiback,
and his wife, who sang songs all the way, I sometimes re-
lieving her.     Myself and her husband crossed to Queenstown
Heights and had a glorious view for a hundred miles and
more, all around, the blue Ontario, Canada, and
New York State.       After two hours or more tedious waiting
the Toronto boat arrived, and stepping aboard I found
myself in England again!       Portraits of the Queen, Prince
Albert,  V R s, all sorts of home associations.  Previous
to our starting there chanced an episode almost worthy of
 Uncle Tom .     A good-humored civil-spoken negro
came to sell apples, and nearly all his stock were soon
disposed of.  Said he  Peddling apples is nt a very great
trade gentlemen, but it s more  honorable than selling
flesh and blood!    I m a better man than a slave-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and thirty-four
Description:Describes crossing to Queenston Heights in Ontario, Canada, from Niagara Falls.
Date:1853-01-06
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Cuddiback; Cuddiback, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, New York]; Lewiston, [New York]; Ontario, Canada; Toronto, Canada; England
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.