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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 228, October 14, 1858

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Identifier: DX03593936

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 228, October 14, 1858

Description: Describes a visit to Niagara Falls.


— like to die, but [Edward Heylyn] was now better. To the Niagara House. Miss Weighty [Griffin] gone to Buffalo, to purchase oysters, and what not for the tomorrow nights’ banquet which is to be held in this house, at the cost of the vanquished party — that which brings in fewer head of game than it’s competitor. It was close upon dinner-time when I returned. That meal over, I set off again, crossing to the Canadian shore in the boat, in front of the two cataracts. Spent the afternoon till near sunset on the British side, on the cliffs and below, principally in company with a Mr Goodwin — I suspect a Quebec man — who crossed in the same boat. Up a tall Pagoda-like affair kept by a London Jew, close by the Cataract. Below, under Table Rock and the sheet of water, on our own hook, sans guides. There are now three staircases, one the old one, on either side of which are the Jew’s and a spacious rocky-stepped one — the latter owned by nobody in particular, and the best of the three. Down upon the monstrous fragment of Table Rock which lies on the ever troubled water. You get a tremendous view of the Horseshoe Fall here, as I found out years ago. Up, slightly wet and weary, to the deserted Clifton House, then crossed in the boat again to the U. S. side. To supper, then by 8. called for Goodwin at the International, having appointed to guide him through and over Goat Island. Very dark, no moon or stars visible. The Cataracts looked, as usual, very grand and savage nocturnally. Had a pipe on top of the Terrapin tower, stayed awhile, then back to the village, parted with my companion, and to bed at the Niagara House. Weighty

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-10-14

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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