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on the point of fisty cuffs with him, out of sheer desolation of it.
Tis the lowest thing in the world for a man to pride himself on, the
possession of brute, animal courage.        I have no drop of cowardly
blood in my body I believe, but hold such threats of blows as
utterly revolting to good taste, and almost cowardly.    /           The
row however blew over, we all dined, and then the bell of
the Pacific was heard.         A brief good bye to Barths gentle-faced
wife, (whom I ve half learned to think of as a sister,) a call in
at the Gardiners, and then I bolt down the steep stairway to
the little town & wharf, Barth, Waud & Hayes accompanying
to see me off.       Heartily sorry was I to say farewell to Barth,  
whatever may have been his past escapades, of him it may be said he
 has loved much , and has a rich, human, friendly heart.   Very near
to me has in draw during the last four weeks.   Much could I
write, much shall I think of him, ever with liking & honor. /   The
rain had ceased, but the fog hung low over Mackinac, as off we
start, I in converse with Frank Noble.       Through all the rainy
afternoon following, and a terribly beautiful storm at night.
All the horizon closing in behind us was a vast indigo mass of cloud,
in one part strangely ending in a sort of squared arch, beyond which
was a pale lurid glare.       From the dense parts of the sky momentarily
would quiver and danze a huge lightning pyre, spasmodically columner.
For hours this continued, the dread thunder rolling and crashing above,
and the rain falling like heaven s wrath.  The vessel rolled and
pitched, and when I turned in to my berth, (the snuggest of state-
cabins) still the storm was at its heighth, and continued raging all 
the night!
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and eleven
Description:Describes leaving Mackinac Island on the ''Pacific.''
Date:1853-09-18
Subject:Barth, William; Barth, William, Mrs.; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (engraver); Mackinac Island (Mich.); Noble, Frank; Thunderstorms; Travel; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[Mackinac Island, Michigan]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.