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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 136, January 7, 1853

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Identifier: DX01240159

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 136, January 7, 1853

Description: Describes his arrival in Toronto, Canada.


beyond two red lights lies the city [Toronto], level and indistinctly beheld. Being unable to force our way to the nearer landing-place, in consequence of the ice, we plash down to where approach is feasible, and after much clamor and ado effect an entrance into what was once the seat of Government in Canada. My queerly named Yankee friend and wife, a young Canadian, (engaged for a Telegraph Office,) another individual, (unknown) and myself, are impelled into a sleigh by excited touters, and off we rattle through snow clad or muddy streets to the North American Hotel, where we disembark, and are immediately engaged in a violent controversy relative to the fare, which is terminated by the landlord, a gentlemanly one-armed man, from Nottinghamshire, England, who after we have paid the driver half demanded civilly impels him into the passage. Meantime I have diligently scanned the directory whether among the list of Butchers I can spy the name of Mr Richard Gunn, being mindful of that scamp’s existence in Toronto. It is not there, but the landlord says he lives there, and learning that the market is close adjacent, I set out with a small English manufactured boy for my guide, and find it closed. So I return, am mightily pleased at finding all sorts of English ways and associations around me, and go to bed betimes, for the first

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-01-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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