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beyond two red lights lies the city, level and indistinctly
beheld.       Being unable to force our way to the nearer landing-
place, in consequence of the ice, we plash down to where approach
is feasible, and after much clamor and ado effect an entrance
into what was once the seat of Government in Canada.  My
queerly named Yankee friend and wife, a young Canadian,
(engaged for a Telegraph Office,)  another individual, (unknown)
and myself, are impelled into a sleigh by excited touters,
and off we rattle through snow clad or muddy streets to
the North American Hotel, where we disembark, and are
immediately engaged in a violent controversy relative to the fare,
which is terminated by the landlord, a gentlemanly one-armed
man, from Nottinghamshire, England, who after we have
paid the driver half demanded civilly impels him into the
passage.       Meantime I have diligently scanned the directory
whether among the list of Butchers I can spy the name of
Mr Richard Gunn, being mindful of that scamp s existence
in Toronto.       It is not there, but the landlord says
he lives there, and learning that the market is close
adjacent, I set out with a small English manufactured
boy for my guide, and find it closed.   So I return,
am mightily pleased at finding all sorts of English ways and
associations around me, and go to bed betimes, for the first
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and thirty-six
Description:Describes his arrival in Toronto, Canada.
Date:1853-01-07
Subject:Cuddiback; Cuddiback, Mrs.; Gunn, Dick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Travel; Winter
Coverage (City/State):Toronto, [Ontario], Canada; Nottinghamshire, England
Coverage (Street):North American Hotel
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.