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canoe, their tent on shore a mile or so on, and their stakes.
Mist and then pouring rain.     We are nearing the Saut.
I can t describe how I won old Swan s heart by talk, and
certain out o the way quotations he wanted to hammer out. He
himself, is a vigorous, honest, thinker inclining to conservatism &
a greater liking for Britain than ever yet I encountered in an Am-
erican.    Wheeler imbibeth pretty freely, without perceptible effect.
Noble drinketh not, nor plays.     By an hour or twain after noon
we reached Saut St Marie.     The oldest settled spot in Mi-
chigan.       It rained pitifully, and most folks went ashore, and
had to tramp for a dreary 3/4 of a mile to where the Sam
Ward lay. the portage.   Shallows and rapids prohibiting ascent
in the same boat.   We of the press-gang, with other favored mor-
tals stand aboard to a notable dinner, in great glory with Captain
and officers.     Then into the village, or city. with Swan. Big
lumps of copper lay on the dock not far off.     At a Tavern.  Snow,
shoes and minerals & metals in the bar.      Imbibition with Wheeler,
who had dined at tavern.   Thence to the Newspaper Office &
a chat with its Editor & proprietor.     A well printed monthly in winter weekly, deno-
ted to the Mining interests of the great lake.       Ten pin alley op-
posite, fellows rolling, I dreary, dozing &c.   Pitiful rain,
and mud throughout.     To the  Pacific  again, and I sat talking
with Miss Compson, who was alone in the Ladies cabin, Swan
with us.   7 o clock or nearly so,   Noble saw to our baggage follow-
ing us, and we to the tavern, awaiting the  train  for the
Sam Ward.       Twas only a platform, or two platforms on
wheels, running-horse impelled over rail-track.   More tedious
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page fifty-eight
Description:Describes his arrival at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Date:1853-08-13
Subject:Compston, Miss; Estabrook, Captain; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Noble, Frank; Swan; Transportation; Travel; Ward, Sam; Wheeler (passenger)
Coverage (City/State):Sault Ste. Marie, 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.