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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 213, July 31, 1852

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Identifier: DX01176781

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 213, July 31, 1852

Description: Describes going to Byron, New York, in search of Elisha Hall and his family.


a thousand years after I’m dead and forgotten. Returned, not feeling well, at all. Tried to dine, lay on bed, then having paid the old lady off with carpet bag to the depot, and off for Buffalo — In extreme pain, insomuch that I had to go out between the cars, sit down and vomit excessively — then felt relieved, though weak. Arrived at Buffalo. Got in a hack carriage and to the Rochester depфt. After a dismal hour or so in the sitting room, fell asleep on a sofa, my head on carpet bag. Off by the cars, and for some twenty miles or so, getting down at Byron, a little place, of non import, save that the Railroad passes it. Inquired for “Elisha Hall,” got direction and with carpet bag along a country road, the sun setting behind me. Three long miles, passing divers houses, but no wayfarers. Then I arrived at a neat wooden frame house, painted red, snugly embowered in front by bushes & creepers. Walked in, tapped & Mr Hall opened the door. He knew me in a second — was [words crossed out] surprised & well pleased. So too was Homer [Hall], when he came in, very brown, and rather hairy. There were Mrs [Frances] Hall, two or three other boys & three girls. Gave me some new milk, bread, butter, cakes, preserves and other “fixins,” we sat talking till nigh upon 10, then to bed, in such a comfortable bed that I never experienced its equal, except at Chacombe.


Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-07-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
Railroad travel
Rural areas


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