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spake of many things  & I found he had no small acquaintance and
respect for English literature, in special the Reviews & Quarterly s.
He denounced the Pilgrim Fathers &c and partially Bancroft s
history, was great of an English Education &c.  In fact had, for
an American, an Anglomania .     I talked too, and so well
was he pleased with his acquaintance that I must tarry to dinner.
Previously we walked out, broiling hot, and he called at the house
of General Cass, with the intention to introduce me to the Great
Michigander.       But the word was he was nt it.   He is in 
said Swan, as we walked on.  So it proved, for on our return,
old Cass was sitting at the window, reading a paper.      Swan was
very irate.    Back to the Hotel, noble dinner and champagne
in glory.  Then I hurried off to the Waverly, paid $1, and
with carpet bag was driven to the steamboat.     Got my berth, 
state cabin in fore part of the vessel, two other occupants to come.
Soon filled up.    Firstly eldery man ^|(Frisell)|, then young fellow, son to
Mc Elrath part proprietor of the Tribune.        He came for me
with message from Swan, who wouldn t drink without my being of
the party.    In the bar, introduced to everybody.      Sam Ward,
old Captain, father of E.B.   Newspaper man, from Buffalo,
and Cleveland.   Wheeler and another, Great glory and much
drinking.    Two hours delay, boats starts.   Up the bright
green, Detroit river,   Canada shore low and flat on the right.
Lake St Clair, and the Saint Clair river.    Introductions &
glorifications.    Long strips of marsh land, and lonely vessel.
Merry talkings every where.       Fellows playing Euchre &
Poker below in the Saloon.      I talking with the Clerk, Frank
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page fifty-four
Description:Describes the start of his journey from Detroit to Sault Ste. Marie by steamboat.
Date:1853-08-11
Subject:Books and reading; Cass, Lewis; Frisell; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; McElrath; McElrath, Thomson; Noble, Frank; Swan; Ward, E.B.; Ward, Sam; Wheeler (passenger)
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.