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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 125, January 4, 1853

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Identifier: DX01234689

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 125, January 4, 1853

Description: Describes the journey by sleigh to Niagara Falls with Edward Heylyn.

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[Edward] Heylyn had not intended to accompany me farther than to Byron, his own desire to go to Niagara having been rendered null by matrimonial management. “I think Edward had better not go.” quoth Mrs H [Liz Heylyn]. Sooth to say self, (and that in a very vulgar way,) being the lady’s faith, she had no particular reason for wishing him to please himself. / Homer [Hall] having however informed us of another route, by which it was imagined we could reach Niagara by night, Heylyn must fain go. I never pressed him, save in moderation long before; never should to anyone save one whom I found true metal, brains & good-fellowship both. So after a hearty meal at 4 o’c [o’clock] we set off in the cutter, across the country for a little place yclept Holley, albeit pronounced by the aborigines as Haw-ley. And ah! what a bore was Heylyn on the road. First we discovered that the place was four miles farther than Homer had asserted. And Heylyn did so worry with anticipations of what he should do if the snow thawed to get home, when he should get home, (to do nothing but be bored:) with common place iterations of the same ideas repeated a hundred times over and garnished by coarse oaths; that but that I had perfectly cool contempt for such [unclear word] of temper

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-01-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
Travel
Transportation
Sleighs
Marriage
Women

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