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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 227, October 13-14, 1858

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Identifier: DX03593088

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 227, October 13-14, 1858

Description: Describes a visit to Niagara Falls.


from the main to the lesser islets have been swept away by the force of the rapids, which leap and roar and rush as of old. Above the smaller American fall was an old boy fishing (!) — wonder whether he caught much. All the woods were in their loveliest Autumnal colors, rivalling those I once saw at this season of the year about the Mammoth Cave of Kentucky. After circumambulating the island we [Gunn and Lucia Cooper] returned to sup at the cottage, Mrs Griffin accompanying us. Then at her invitation, I fetched my carpet bag from hotel and established myself for the night under her roof. They put me in a snug upper room in the rear, looking out on the precipitous banks and swirling river. It lightened and thundered ere going to bed, and when I ascended up stairs the rain beat wrathfully against the window panes. I read through Goldsmith’s Traveller and thought how little when he penned the lines about Niagara in Heaven knows what London garret — up “Breakfast Steps” may be — did he speculate on their being read within sound of its roar a century hence. Then I lay listening to its troubled, thunderous music, and the dash of the whirlpool below, and then, after some hours, to sleep.

14. Thursday. A morning’s cigar on the site of the summer house, then, with the ladies (after a good long solitary ramble about the neighborhood, and to the newly-erected Monteagle hotel) to the Falls village. Leaving them, pursued the track of the not-yet completed hydraulic canal, even to the river. Roaming about the village. To the Post office. Found a letter from [Edward] Heylyn, urging me to return via Rochester, stating that he had been ill again

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-10-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Waterfalls
Mammoth Cave (Ky.)
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)


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