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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 209, July 28-29, 1852

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Identifier: DX01174842

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 209, July 28-29, 1852

Description: Describes going to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.


— how you gaze and gaze and are never satisfied, or like to be. How beautiful that lunar Rainbow, rising from the foaming abyss and spanning the troubled sea of waters is — how calmly, fitfully, spectrally beautiful, quivering so, now hardly perceptible, now its tints plainly discernable

/ A ramble all round Goat Island with its woody shores. The mad, terrible waves rushing on to fall with that drum-like thunderous sound into the Cataract below. Returned late & to bed to the sound of Niagara.

29. Thursday. Cockneys off. Writing up, then to the American fall above, then below. Rowed across in the boat for [unclear word]. To the Horseshoe fall, there all the morning watching it from above and below, Sitting just beside when the waters make the plunge. Half a pie & ice cream, then into the woods margining the river above the fall. Noting the troubled water hurrying on. Had a doze in the shade. Off, tramping along a hot & dusty road, after a precipitous ascent. Very pleasant to think I was in Canada. Had an agreable confirmation of it in getting English pennies in change at a roadside hostel, where the man wouldn’t take payment for milk so I had beer afterwards. Perchance the good fellow thought I could ill afford it. I didn’t look very dignified, assuredly. Pants tucked into my long, stout boots to preserve them from dust and wet, no vest, throat all bare, and my loose green coat carried over my shoulder on a stick. White wide awake hat worn on the sunny side, long and ruffled hair and yellow beard, long too — this instance of goodnature in reprising money shewed out is pleasantly in contrast with the usages

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-07-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)


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