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ian in plenty and I know not how many others, as yet.  A strand for Spenser s Fairy 
	Queene   All to
work picking up for twenty minutes or more.  Kit Marlowe s description of stones  I 
got a pocket-ful.
In boat again, and after striking out until the Sam Ward
was descried, we coasted on again.        And now  twas grand.
Great rounded rocks rising up, or projecting out,   a height of
150 feet or more,  tall trees above, deep holes and canties below.
The lake water, clear as glass and green as emerald allowed
every crack, cranny and indentation to be viewed through at. There
were strange holes, and all was long and lank and brown, and
as the ribbed sea sand.        We at first took two of these huge
rock-boulders for the Castles, but it proved not so.        On
yet, and a rushing plash of water is heard through the mist,
anon a white gleam, and then as we near it, a beautiful
cascade of rushing water, curving over into the deep lake. 150 feet high  The
very boatmen uttered rough-phrases of admiration.    Back to the
Sam Ward, shouts &c greeting us.  /  The vessel had moved up the
coast in anticipation.   Queries as to what we d seen.  I suggested
we d caught a mermaiden speaking the purest Cherokee.      Displayed
our pebbles in great glory.        Another boat in half an hour puts off,
crowded.    And on their returning  twas out turn to envy.   They had
visited the Grand Portal, entering the cave.    So dinner over, and out
gallant Captain Easterbrook going off with a boats crew of ladies, we per-
suaded Superintendant Steward Montgomery to go with us off in second
boat.   Swan with us and others.  Off we row into the fog again, and
in fifteen minutes the great cliffs are looming up beside us.     We
retrograde eastwards for some space, and lose sight of the rocks again,
but for such a return to them I shall never forget.   For moving
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page sixty-one
Description:Describes arriving at Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior and taking a smaller boat on an excursion to the shore from the ''Sam Ward.''
Date:1853-08-14
Subject:Books and reading; Estabrook, Captain; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Montgomery; Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Mich.); Sam. Ward (Ship); Swan; Travel
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.