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as sleeping companion.    Quite a Homeric Offer.       Up stairs,
getting acquainted with every body.        And abed by 11  .
  14. Sunday.   Rose early, as wont.      Wash &c. Long
talk with an elderly New Yorker, Greenwood.    Rich old gentleman,
well informed, travelling with his son.      Going to the Mammoth
Cave anon, where I ll go.         He d had his skull slightly
damaged by a scuttle falling on t in a New York fire, in his
youth.         Told some fine things anent Niagara, ere houses &
hotels were there.  How a relative, (I think brother) had visited
a sort of cave, past the Cave of the Winds, with a daring Indian,
for rare stones.        Make use of that in a story some day. Break-
fast, and a good one.        We now were approaching where the
Pictured Rocks commence upon the Southern shore of Superior.   But
bright as the sun had arisen, and clear as the day at first looked,
soon a close white mist hung over everything, we could scarce see
a hundred yards.       So I scribbled.    And anon comes the captain
and Montgomery, bidding me join a favoured few in a boat ex
cursion to the shore.        Off we put to the envy of everybody. Swan,
Northberry, (good-looking Detroit Editor.) and others.   Right through
the ghostly shroud of mist, and soon the Sam Ward was invisi-
ble.        Fellows rowing sturdily, Mc Elrath of the number.
15 minutes, and a rocky shore of 70 feet rises before us, all
hardened sandstone.   (I had forgot to mention ere the fog
appeared, we had seen long mounds of sand hills, bare and
desolate-looking, no trace of vegetation visible.) Grand Sable,  Landing on
the rock, the first man that leaped cried out.   The whole
shroud was covered with the most beautiful and varied stones.   Cornel-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page sixty
Description:Describes arriving at Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior and taking a smaller boat on an excursion to the shore from the ''Sam Ward.''
Subject:Estabrook, Captain; Great Lakes (North America); Greenwood; Greenwood, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; McElrath, Thomson; Montgomery; Northberry; Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Mich.); Sam. Ward (Ship); Swan; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Michigan]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.