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Fort Huron Lewis took a mile walk through the trees, to the
 Fort,   Captain Estabrook passing us on horseback.   Across
a pretty little stream, rushing down in little rapids, and to a neatly Lake Fanny Hoe
built house,  fort-like .      There was a government station while
home here, with soldiers, but there being no need of  em tis abando-
ned.      Visiting the house.    A Doctor Livermore, with family, the
female members of it about to accompany us on our tour.   Lots of
mineral specimens, and Indian curiosities.   A clumsily carven knob-
bed club which had slain, so said its red owner 7 men.       But
the folk are ready.    A middle aged woman, two younger ones, one
plump, in bloomer hat, both rather pretty one with long curls.   All
into the boat, and are rowed back; weather threatening rapid change,
lightning darting chain-like through the obscured sky, and thunder
reverberating over the lake.       Just in time we gained the Sam
Ward.      Down came the driving rain, the lightning flashed
far and wide, and heavy rolling and deep muttering bellowed
the thunder.   We are off again.     Supper.      Subsequently while
sitting in the ladies cabin, talking with Lewis, a horrible clamor
arose over head.      Something, a spar had fallen, and there was
a rush, and a cry that the boat was struck by lightning.    The
panic over, I went to my cabin, opened the door looking lake-
wards and gazed forth.      Twas a grand sight.       The sun
of a ghastly yellow red was sinking, and his beams, and those
of the leaping lightning were mirrored over the wild lake, where
                                         The rain
                      Was sawing wide the fruitless main! 
For some time it continued, the lightning chain-like, and particu-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page sixty-nine
Description:Describes a stop in Copper Harbor to pick up ladies from the Livermore family to join their tour of Lake Superior aboard the ''Sam Ward.''
Date:1853-08-15
Subject:Estabrook, Captain; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lewis (passenger); Livermore, Bertha; Livermore, Dr.; Native Americans; Sam. Ward (Ship); Thunderstorms; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Copper Harbor, 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.