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The varying richness of liquid beauty, molten gold and emerald, bright
dancing blending Iris lines no limner s hand can ever, ever mock !   Oh
Turner! hadst thou seen Lake Superior.    Fit haunt for the ma-
rine man, the [Memogovisioos?] of the simple Indian.    But to the cave.
We land on the huge stone boulders, some shout aloud, and
Echo repeats the cry above; some pick up stones, or mineral im-
pregnated rocks. For the various exides stain it all above in strong,
distinct colours, the reddish and raw sienna hues predominating.  These
are also though more rarely, bright greens and blues.     Lots of varying
specimens are secured, some like bits of petrified gingerbread, or con-
fectionary, some petrified muscels, and beautiful stones again. Nep-
tune,   Poseidon I should write, (confound the Latin names!) is veri-
tably a skilful lapidary.      I ramble on, through the cave, and out
on the other side.   Monstrous masses of sandstone fallen from cliff
and crag of above, with, though rarely a tree trunk.   But the fel-
lows shout to come back, and I do it.     In boat again, and over
that iris-hued ocean floor, and marvellously paven lake; and
as we are issuing from forth the arch, one individual prepares to
discharge his pistol.    Quoth Swan,  It  won t make much noise, just
now!    But aha, Echo gave him a loud toned denial, with rattle
and roar and reverberation.        Out, and on, westwards; curves of
cliff still.     Holes and caves worn in its brink, some of the
strongest fashion.     For we spied little Saxon-like arches, with
squat columns supporting huge rock, saw the light peer out through
wave-worn cranny, chink and crevice, and heard the sullen surf
hollowly raging and roaring in secret caves where it fiercely and un-
tiringly strove to undermine the mighty rocks bases.        What a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page sixty-three
Description:Describes seeing Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior on the ''Sam Ward.''
Date:1853-08-14
Subject:Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; 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.