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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 118, December 28, 1852

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Identifier: DX01231215

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 118, December 28, 1852

Description: Describes his arrival at Rochester and his visit to the Genesee Falls.


chasm nigh upon 200 feet deep, tree tops far, far below. / Solaced myself with “Henry Esmond” when scenery waxed tame. Elmira by 7 or so, and missing the cars on for Rochester, to the Brainard Hotel as heretofore, and now, (10 o clock,) to bed.

29. Wednesday. Hurried rising & breakfast, $1.50 paid, and rattled down to the depфt. “All aboard,” and off. Day-breaking gloriously over the ice-bound land, great purple clouds and bars of dusky yellow. On & on, solacing myself with “Henry Esmond.” Rochester, — a glimpse at hurried eddys & whirling foam, and we are there. About 12 or 12 1/2. To a hostel, of no great pretension, where I had a good homely 25 cent dinner, left carpet-bag and set off straightway to explore the Genessee Falls. Across the long railroad bridge, beneath which the water was raging and dashing on to the fall below, the edge of which could be seen from it; a slight circumflex of road, and striking into an ice-covered field I reach the edge of the bank. A raging, blustering, staggering ice-cold wind was abroad rendering it no easy matter to keep one’s footing: it was at best but a sliding, tumbling business I made of it. The Falls swollen by the winter torrents and dashed and disordered by the keen winds, [word crossed out] surpassed, I think any

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-12-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Railroad travel
Genesee Falls (N.Y. : Town)


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