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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 140, January 10-12, 1853

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Identifier: DX01242150

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 140, January 10-12, 1853

Description: Describes his return journey by train to New York.


rattled off to the boat in sleigh. Aboard and to Lewiston by noon; then into a carriage and jolting over miry, thawing filthy road to the Falls village. To the little boarding house, dined, settled, packed carpet bag and off by rail for Buffalo. There arriving had to wait till 11 o’clock at night till the train for Dunkirk arrived. This I did at a Dutch tavern hard by. Off at Length, and weary night and morn travel. . . .

11. Tuesday. . . . .to Dunkirk. Three hours more waiting for the Express train, passed in the room of an adjacent tavern, dozing wretchedly with head on carpet-bag, men tramping about all the time. Cars arrive and off, briskly till 10 or so, when getting out to breakfast at a place yclept Olean, I after it was over incontinently walked into a train of cars which had drawn up to the door, and presently found myself hurrying — back to Dunkirk. They were close together, and the length of the train prevented my seeing which end the locomotive was attached. So I travelled on twenty miles or so to “Little Valley,” a picturesque place, then got out and tarried for the next train, which arrived at about 1, then aboard again, and wearily on and on all the long. . . .

12. Wednesday. . . . .day and night. It was a slow train and I had lost twelve hours. Towards nightfall a heavy-snowstorm commenced, and continued till the arrival in New York. We were kept waiting for a dismal three hours at

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-01-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Railroad travel


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