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tacled youngish man had travelled in Europe.    Much talk of Seward,
all being his warm admirers.         Breaking up, I parting from Mr
Pomeroy held my way towards the National, but met the object of
my quest Frisell, by the way.     Taking my arm we walked onwards
towards the  Campus Martins  together.  He had been in Ohio, bought
in coal mine, & was now busying about it, here.    Amazon Expedition is
deferred till January.           Soon came Campeau with horse & buggy,
and stepping in, I am whirled away, about the outskirts of Detroit.
Wide avenue like roads, trees around them, snug wooden built houses
of all sorts.           Southwards, by the side of the beautiful clear Detroit
river to an extensive, but now abandoned military fort.    Rampart
& foss, won semicircles for removed cannon & a near row of stone
houses.     Backwards, & through and about the thriving, handsome
streets.     Met Wall.    Off northwards, to the little stream, or rather
the place yclept Bloody Run, from the terrible ambush fight in
Pontiac s time.     Peaceful enough now, with rushes & pods, shanties,
pigs & a few Irishwomen about.        Before us lay, above, spacious
well treed Hog Island, owned by Campeau & two or three members
of his family.    There are important fisheries there, & two weeks from
hence the season commences.  Huge nets, miles long for the capture of white-
fish, packed then & sent to Chicago & the west.      Campeau is a
good-looking, fair haired, pleasant humored young man, of French descent,
most friendly and agreeable.       To a race course, where trotting &c is
done, to an Inn and stables adjacent, where were beautiful sleek
race-horses, so washed, nursed, brushed & tended, so snugly lodged,
that but for the moral of Dibdin s High Mettled Racer s end, one
might have envied them.  Notable horses, of race & blood were they.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and thirteen
Description:Describes taking a drive with Campeau around Detroit.
Date:1853-09-20
Subject:Campeau; Frisell; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Pomeroy; Travel; Wall (Michigan)
Coverage (City/State):Detroit, [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.