After packing carpet-bag and donning corduroy suit
and log boots went with George to take leave of the Tews.
Found William skinning and dressing an ox � a very tough
one, who�d done many a day�s ploughing, and which he had
taken for a bad debt � with intent to sell it at Hamilton.
Back, and goodbyes. Into wagon with George and John Con-
worth. Got to Paris about an hour too soon. Off and through
the dull, drizzling day back to the United States. Got to
and across the Suspension Bridge by half an hour after sun-
set. The river looked muddy and discolored. To a little
hotel � the �U. S. Hotel � in Niagara City, as they now call
the village at the Suspension Bridge. Having washed &c, tur-
ned out into the damp dark night and to Mrs Griffin�s
cottage � really a �cottage on the cliff.� (She is Mrs Potter�s
sister and was at Bleecker St. about twelvemonths ago.)
Miss Cooper opened the door to me. Both ladies gave me a very
friendly welcome. Stayed talking two hours, of Bleecker Street
folks and mutual acquaintances. Learnt that old Mrs Coo-
per has gone on a visit to Mrs Gouverneurs, at Cold Spring.
When the Patten�s were here they were �doing� every place in the
greatest hurry, didn�t cross the bridge to Goat Island nor
go up to the Falls on the �Maid of the Mist,� old Patten being
afraid (!) of doing so. One of their stage-drivers alluded to them
as a pair of �snapping-turtles.� To my hotel and a decent
cleanly bed by 9.
13. Wednesday. Great trampling of boots everywhere in the
morning. Up and breakfasted leisurely, then by 10 to the cot-
tages � not this time in corduroys and boots. It is very
picturesquely situated, commanding a beautiful view of