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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 134, January 6-7, 1853

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Identifier: DX01239163

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 134, January 6-7, 1853

Description: Describes crossing to Queenston Heights in Ontario, Canada, from Niagara Falls.

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haunted by a yearning to be back again. So we [Gunn and Edward Heylyn] ran back for 5 or 6 miles at locomotive speed, he saved time by half a second and we parted. I walked back in the lonely wintry evening, the sun having that day shewn his face for the first time for a fortnight, and now setting over the western rocks; reached my little boarding-house, ate an extensive meal, and to bed by 10.

7. Fridy. Took stage for Lewiston, in company with a pleasant American, (rejoicing in the name of Cuddiback, and his wife, who sang songs all the way, I sometimes relieving her. Myself and her husband crossed to Queenstown Heights and had a glorious view for a hundred miles and more, all around, the blue Ontario, Canada, and New York State. After two hours or more tedious waiting the Toronto boat arrived, and stepping aboard I found myself in England again! Portraits of the Queen, Prince Albert, V R’s, all sorts of home associations. Previous to our starting there chanced an episode almost worthy of “Uncle Tom.” A good-humored civil-spoken negro came to sell apples, and nearly all his stock were soon disposed of. Said he “Peddling apples is’nt a very great trade gentlemen, but it’s more honorable than selling flesh and blood! I’m a better man than a slave-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1853-01-06

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: African Americans
Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Slaveholders
Slavery
Slaves
Travel
Transportation
Stagecoaches

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