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wash to the middle round, in the barbers shop.     We had passed
Mackinaw during the night or rather morning, perhaps about 2,
and were now stretching eastwards along the north shore of Lake
Huron, for Saut St Marie, or the Soo as it is usually pronounced.
And here the scenery began.    An Archipelago of thirty thousand
Islands.   We were now steaming up a river formed by the
channels betwixt them, sometimes rather narrow.    The shallowness
of a neighbouring but more direct channel necessitated a considerable
circuit.   Long shores all tree clad, almost to the waters edge,
sometimes laid waste by fire .   Little islands, mere rock and trees,
large ones that might be taken for mainland.   Nebish rapids,   a
rippling current.   Ticklish navigation here, rarely done but by
day-light, has been, says Noble, by moonlight.     Story of an
old Welsh Captain who with two sister concubines, formerly his ser-
vants lived on one of these islands.  His wife alone in Quebec or
Montreal.     Had he Solomons wishes & children from  em, might have
given  em an island each .    What a world of albino plates there
will be of this scenery in half a century.   When fine ladies talk
of these spots as familiarly as of the Rhine.       A cottage, with
piles of timber, and children on shore.        A canoe, birch bark with
Indian paddling. (not the cottage owner, though)  /   Introduced to
Montgomery, Wards agent and man in authority.    To a Genesee
man, who four years back with wife and family located here, set-
ting Indians to pick rasp^|b|erries, made jam of em, or rather his
women folk did, and was trying raspberry vinager.     Making
money,  hand over fist by it,  as twas said.    Island after
Island.    Sugar Island, a large one.      A party of surveyors in
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page fifty-seven
Description:Describes passing by islands on his journey to Sault Ste. Marie by steamboat.
Date:1853-08-13
Subject:Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Montgomery; Native Americans; Nature; Noble, Frank; Norris; Travel; Ward, Sam
Coverage (City/State):[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.