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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 126, January 4-5, 1853

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Identifier: DX01235186

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 126, January 4-5, 1853

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


I had fain told him [Edward Heylyn] of the infinite relief ‘twould have been to have let me alight and jog merrily on for the long wintry miles. It was horribly cold in faith, and when within three miles of fulfilling our fourteen we were not sorry to take divers tods at a certain Fairfields Mill’s Settlement; where I considerably surprised the idlers by my beard & some outrй cosmopolitan free & easy sentiments. Inasmuch as Heylyn had considerable brandy he was endurable when until we reached Holly, where we entered the only Inn, and made two of a circle round a fireplace wherein huge logs were blazing warming the room everywhere. Sate half an hour or more listening to talk about broken limbs & amputations, then waxing drowsy to bed, Heylyn following, to another, ere long.

5. Wednesday. Up betimes, substantial breakfast, & to little Railroad depфt. Aboard, and cheerily to Niagara Falls, passing along the river & catching a glimpse of the suspension bridge. (Heylyn had stabled horse & cutter at Holley.) Arrived, by 10 or so, and straightway to the little boarding-house I discovered and stayed at in July. Left carpet-bag and straightway to the Falls. Over the first bridge to Bath Island. There were the terrible rapids leaping, rushing and raging as of old,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-01-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
Railroad travel
Wounds and injuries


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