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moving on all admiringly over that sea of liquid emerald, noting the
giant boulders and wave worn sandstone rocks twenty or thirty feet
below with unspeakable delight, lo! we see rising up through the
universal, curling ghost-like mist a giant semicircle of rocks,
so monstrous, so vast, that no words can paint our sensations.
Looming up like Titan piled barriers, barring out a world, high, higher
yet till mighty trees dimly seen, crammed their summits.  The
mist enshrouding them so intensified the grandeur of the scene that
the rudest soul amongst us grew enthusiast in speech and devotional
in feeling. Swan cried out  Boys! shall we scale Heaven?  My
heart swelled and I felt as never yet have I looking on Nature s
work, save when in the  Maid of the Mist  I stared up at Niagara.
This was Niagara s rock with the water removed.     T was as grand,
many there present swore out frankly  twas a more glorious sight
than Niagara.      I think this can never be seen more grandly, than
we viewed it.     Easy it was to fancy giant towers
                              Built by the hands of Giants
                                   For godlike kings of old. 
vast indistinct, framing, mystic, supernatural.    We ran in under
the monstrous curve, all leapt out, and to pick up stones as before.
Brief time there, then out again, and coasting Westwards, leaving
the never to be forgotten  Amphitheatre  behind, growing ghostly
in fog. Pistol fired off.  The Grand Portal.   A tremendous wave-worn
cavern worn through an enormous projecting rock.  The portal
100 feet in height, cliff behind 200.  We row in, and as we
do so, the sun rays dart forth into the fog-smoke while,
like veritable Phoebus arrows.  Oh the color of the lake water

[written along the left margin] This Amphitheatre 300 feet high or more.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page sixty-two
Description:Describes seeing Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior on the ''Sam Ward.''
Date:1853-08-14
Subject:Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Mich.); 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.