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rattled off to the boat in sleigh.   Aboard and to Lewiston
by noon; then into a carriage and jolting over miry, thawing
filthy road to the Falls village.     To the little boarding house,
dined, settled, packed carpet bag and off by rail for  Buffalo.
There arriving had to wait till 11 o clock at night till the
train for Dunkirk arrived.       This I did at a Dutch tavern
hard by.       Off at Length, and weary night and morn travel
  11.  Tuesday.       to Dunkirk.   Three hours more waiting for
the Express train, passed in the room of an adjacent tavern, dozing
wretchedly with head on carpet-bag, men tramping about all the
time.        Cars arrive and off, briskly till 10 or so, when
getting out to breakfast at a place yclept Olean, I after it
was over incontinently walked into a train of cars which had drawn
up to the door, and presently found myself hurrying   back to
Dunkirk.    They were close together, and the length of the train prevented
my seeing which end the locomotive was attached.      So I travelled on
twenty miles or so to  Little Valley , a picturesque place, then
got out and tarried for the next train, which arrived at about
1,  then aboard again, and wearily on and on all the long
  12. Wednesday.       day and night.      It was a slow train
and I had lost twelve hours.    Towards nightfall a heavy-
snowstorm commenced, and continued till the arrival in New
York.      We were kept waiting for a dismal three hours at
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and forty
Description:Describes his return journey by train to New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Lewiston, [New York]; [Niagara, New York]; Buffalo, [New York]; Dunkirk, [New York]; Olean, [New York]; New York, [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.