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sings an excellent song.     Saginaw Bay on our right undescried,
Talk with a man I take to be a shrewd Scotsman, and books
lent, belonging to a Detroit attorney, Newberry.    Whitney & Foster s state
documents touching the Lake Superior.    Particulars of the death
of Douglas Houghton, shrewd and enthusiastic engineer.)    Scribbling
much despite vessels motion.      Meantime every one was disporting
himself after his fashion.     Fellows gambling in the bar saloon.
One, and Pittsburg young fellow lost nigh $1000 to two or three
blacklegs;  he drank all the time.   Scoundrels were pretty well
known by the Captain of the boat, white hatted, moustached and
well got up.    The victim pawned his ring to gamble, and borrowed
$100 to redeem it from a friend.      He gave notes for part of the
$1000, and was advised to telegraph on to stop their payment.
But the knaves had sold  em on board, and that night stopped
at Mackinaw. This an error.        A tumultuous merry card part of women, 
no gambling, musical laughter and uproarous clamor.    Talks with
Wheeler, his plump, red faced, good tempered wife.   With Miss
Compston, Swans pleasant sister.      Mc Elrath card-playing as
wont.       Notable dinners, and feeds generally .    Some little
reading, much writing,   rain outside in the afternoon.    I in
great glory, in virtue of my capacity as  Times  correspondent, and
I may as well say it, tremendously popular.     As the day
drew to a close we neared Mackinac.       And at 11 1/2   I
turned in, a cool night, so slept right well, Mc Elrath
out doing the like till 2 or so.
13.	Saturday.  Up right early, and as wont an extensive
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page fifty-six
Description:Describes his journey across Lake Huron to Sault Ste. Marie by steamboat.
Date:1853-08-12
Subject:Compston, Miss; Estabrook, Captain; Foster (passenger); Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Houghton, Douglas; McElrath, Thomson; Newberry, J.S.; Swan; Travel; Ward, Sam; Wheeler (passenger); Wheeler, Mrs. (passenger); Whitney (passenger)
Coverage (City/State):[Michigan]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.