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Dinsdale, Matthew / Matthew Dinsdale papers, 1836-1897: Folder 1

English Prairie 10th Oct 1844 [Transcription],   pp. [1]-12 PDF (12.1 MB)


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faint idea of the magnitude and grandeur of this justly celebrated place.
And no pen is capable of describing it. The immense body of water, the height
and extent of the falls, the rich and wild scenery around, the roar of the
water, and the dense and immense columes of smokes rushing as from a mighty
furnace below, conspire to form a picture too great and too grand to be portrayed.
I believe some persons are disappointed when they first behold this place.
The fault is in themselves. They should not have formed  extravagant notions
respecting it. Those who go there should go to learn. And I think if they
do so they will not regret going. Perhaps the best thing connected with the
Falls is that the more and oftener they are seen the more is the beholder
astonished and the better is he satisfied. I left Niagara the next morning
at six o clock by Railway for Buffalo which place I reached in two hours.
A gentleman in the carriage informed me that during the last summer not less
than twenty thousand persons have been to see the falls from the American
side. The first thing I attended to at Buffalo after partaking of a little
breakfast was to look for a boat to take me along the Lakes. I found one
which was to sail the following afternoon. I engaged a birth and went on
board. Two young men from Gurnsey who came along the canal with me were going
the same way to land at the same place. Buffalo is a large and flourish-ing
place. Here I first saw, since my arrival in this country, four Indian women
- the original inhabitants. They looked as though the whole of their property
was on their backs and probably this was the case. They were well but cumberously
clothed. Two of them I observed had men's hats on, with broad girdles such
as livery servants wear. On Thursday the 3rd at 4 o clock P M we left Buffalo,
in a strong, large and splendid Steamer, and went thro' the Lakes Erie, St
Clair Huron and Michigan and reached Southport on Tuesday night the 8th Inst
without any accident. This route is the cheapest and at present the best,
tho' it is about 500 miles

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