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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 135, January 7, 1853

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Identifier: DX01239661

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 135, January 7, 1853

Description: Describes his journey to Toronto, Canada, by boat.


dealer!” He afterwards got into a controversy with a half drunken Scotchman, on the subject of universal brotherhood, quoted the Bible to him, rebuked him for swearing, and repeated the words of Paul “For God hath made of one flesh and one blood all the nations of the earth.” I was well pleased to hear it, and to think that it was owing to the proximity of Saint George’s Red Cross, that the poor fellow could say the truth unchecked.

The little village of Niagara is passed. So are the two forts on either side of the river belonging to the rival nations, and now we are plashing out on what Walter Scott calls

“Wild Ontario’s boundless lake.”

It is sea-like, and soon all trace of shore is left behind. Many persons are disturbing themselves with anticipations of sea-sickness. I don’t, and when the bell rings make an excellent dinner. The vessel rolls and pitches. Folks walk up and down and try to look happy. I dry my feet, (which have been, during the past week perpetually wet,) and as it grows dark, doze beside the Stove, or in one of the recepes where, in sea going vessels, berths are placed. Half past 6 in the evening brings us to our journey’s end. Going on deck, I find that we are steering towards a sea of floating ice, miles out, and that between and

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-01-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: African Americans
Great Lakes (North America)
Boats and boating


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