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Amphitheatre, the Grand Portal, the Cascades,   all.    The
boat plashes gaily onwards. Sail  The rock. fog still rests on the shores as
we win our way westwards.     Tis now all purple tinged, and fantas-
tically beautiful to gaze upon.   It rests on the lower parts of the cliff,
enshrouding the, while their summits rise above it in a long, broken
varied line.   The water looks now darkly blue black.   Grand Island
on our right.     A large, well treed isle, at which at the sun-
set, or a little later we stop to  wood .    Two planking pieces
are projected out, at inequal angles, for the logs to be rolled
adown.           I, Swan, Lewis, (Fort Huron, man, connected with
a paper there) and others ramble out amid ferns and thickets.
In the isle has lived for 15 years one Abraham Williams, an
old fellow, with wife, daughters and folk.    Rumors there are that
he committed some amiable indiscretion in the way of murder, and
came hither to scape from the grip of Father Antic, but nothing
tangible is known.   He s taciturn in talk, saying nought of his
orgin.     Owns 2000 ares, cultivates but little, and wont sell.
Two of his daughters were visited by some of our party, and they
were described as comely, lady-like women with well-attired, and
with books in the room.         Back to the boat, and aboard.
Lewis s description of the fishing at the Saut St Marie, by
the Indians.      In the rapids with nets.    Portages a feature
of these lakes.   It implies an distraction, necessitating carrying the
boat or canoe across.    The canal at the Saut, recently com-
menced will be completed in years twain.     The  Sam Ward 
had to be carried over.        Evening part in writing and talk till 11,
then to bed.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page sixty-six
Description:Describes seeing Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior, and mentions a man named Abraham Williams who lives nearby.
Date:1853-08-14
Subject:Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lewis (passenger); Native Americans; Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Mich.); Sam. Ward (Ship); Swan; Travel; Williams, Abraham; Williams, Abraham, Mrs.
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.