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the jar and clang made it wearisome.  The
rain yet fell, continuing for fifty or sixty miles,
at interval. Yet in the cars it was pleasant enow.
There we were shifted into other cars, greatly to our
advantage, for in the centre (where we got to)
was a big ice water cistern.   On we sped,
Altolfo like on our [unclear word].   Fen and marsh
and flat, trees, copse and open field   every
where reminded of the  newness  of the country  
the landscape was very lonely, nor when the glorious
Sun peeped out did he spy aught else.  Stone wall,
zig-zag roughly put together timber fence, hill side
covered with young trees (I ve seen no old trees in
America yet,) over bridge and wild streamlet,
past fields of tree stumps, through towns all of
new looked white frame houses,   stopping briefly
at each, to take in or let out passengers.  Fifteen
minutes for refreshment  at length cries one of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and eighty-two
Description:Describes his railroad journey from New York to Niagara Falls.
Date:1852-07-26
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, boarding house living, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, the start of the ''Lantern'' publication and joining the ''Lantern Club,'' attending a ball on Governors Island, attending a lecture by E. H. Chapin, visits to Staten Island, and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York
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.