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Niagara Falls 
1845 
  
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Charles Lyell Travels in North America, in the years 1841-2: with Geological Observations on The United States, Canada and Nova Scotia, Two Volumes (London: John Murray, 1845), Chap.XIX, p.92.
 
The Father Louis Hennepin "discovered" and described Niagara Falls in 1677 although there are several other claims for this honor.
 
Sharpe's London Journal, Vol.X, p.50 adds the following with an incorrect spelling of Father Hennepin:
 
Sir C. Lyell, in his recently published Travels, observes : "The Falls of Niagara, though continually in motion, have all the effects of a fixed and unvarying feature in the landscape; and, however strange it may seem, some Daguerreotype representations have been executed with no small success. They not only record the form of the rocks and the islands, but even the leading features of the cataract, and the shape of the rising clouds of spray. I have often wished that Father Hennessin could have taken one of these portraits, and bequeathed it to the geologists of our times. It would have afforded us no slight aid in our speculations respecting the comparative states of the ravine in the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries." The first series of Views of the Falls taken by the Daguerreotype, was executed by J. E. Myall, (Prof. High School,) in September, 1846. 
 
 
  
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