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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 225, October 12-13, 1858

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Identifier: DX03591393

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 225, October 12-13, 1858

Description: Describes a visit to Mrs. Griffin's cottage in Niagara City.


After packing carpet-bag and donning corduroy suit and log boots went with George [Bolton] to take leave of the Tews. Found William [Tew] 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 Conworth. 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 sunset. 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, turned out into the damp dark night and to Mrs Griffin’s cottage — really a “cottage on the cliff.” (She is Mrs [Catharine] Potter’s sister and was at [132] Bleecker St. about twelvemonths ago.) Miss [Lucia] 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 Cooper has gone on a visit to Mrs [Elizabeth] 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 [Willis] 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 cottages — not this time in corduroys and boots. It is very picturesquely situated, commanding a beautiful view of

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-10-11

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Oxen
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)


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