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a scene must be here on chill October, at the shut of eve, when
one terrible roll of surf raves and thunders all along this wild
coast.      When the mad winds sweep down from the stormy north,
over thousands of miles of savage country, and lakes un-
plowed by keel.  When Boreas fiercely blows, and blinding rain
sweeps athwart the vexed and o erclouded sky.   When the poor
red Indian in birch-bark canoe marks that belt of foam and
hears the long low thunder roll of breakers.     When eagles scream,
storm tost, and a solitary gull gyrates anear;   when gazing out
far and wide no human thing can be descried over the awful lake,
then must this Scene be grand to look upon.   /            The colors
perpendicular in their course, are very distinct, now.     And some-
times they assume strange shapes, cathedral windows, with Iris-tin-
ted panes.    Here and there fancy man espy a niched figure,
or a crouching animal.     We coast on.     Another cascade, of
equal beauty with the former ones.         It is, to my regret, now
determined to row back to the Steamboat.    But the mist is
all around, and our course no easy one.   Rowing on awhile,
we at length satisfactorily discover we don t know where we are. So
we rest on our oars, and holler; with intent to provoke response
from the steam boat.    All together, long continued, varying long
drawn yells.   Dead silence and listening all.  No response through
the fog enwrapping us.  Again, and yet again, with a like result.
Row on again, farther yet.   No better success.    We jest
and rally one another.     Suggestions are putty forth as to camping at
in the Grand Portal.   Stray remarks touching sustenance derived from
boats & avid speculations on Cannibalism.          Twas a merry party
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page sixty-four
Description:Describes seeing Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior, including getting lost in the mist in a rowboat.
Date:1853-08-14
Subject:Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Mich.); 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.