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larly beautiful.      Rain continues.        I talk in my cabin with
Lewis & Mc Elrath.     Former tells me how little copper is
to be found in  Copper harbour,  no works now, there.         At
supper, I sat next the Font du Lac Man, Godefroi, and
get him talking of Indians. He has a just estimate of the
contemptible red man.  Has spent 10 years at the extreme
west of Lake Superior, trading with Indians, and now is
resolved to abandon it, for civilization.   Knows half a score of
Indian tongues, and is a character.     Promises to narrate his
life, for my benefit.                      Folk are dancing in the aft
cabin.   We re now at Eagle Harbour.    Houses, an hotel,
night and rain.    Tis said we tarry here till morning, but er-
roneously so.       Abed by 9.
  16.  Tuesay.   Heard of matters occurring last night.  How,
a poor Frenchman had been taken aboard, his comrade having
been swept over from fishing boat in last night s squall.   How the
sun must have gone down to him.        By the end of breakfast
we were close upon Ontonagon, the place of most import on the
Southern slope of Superior.    All behind, some miles on the
copper mines. Here was found, on the Ontonagon river the two ton mass of copper 
	alluded to by  Disembarking, after much delay, owing to the shal-
lowness Claude Allouez. of the water;  (the Ontonagonites want an appropriation
of & from congress to remove a sand-bar, vastly;) we reached the
shore in boats.       Tis a flourishing place, considering its location.
Unfinished pier, and large stones.           With Lewis & another, after
purchasing mineral specimens, for a 1/4 mile walk along the lake
shore, backwards, to an Indian encampment.        There arriving,
we found an Indian breakfast party.     An old squaw, squarely
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page seventy
Description:Mentions a talk with Godefroy on board the ''Sam. Ware'' about his life spent trading with Native Americans in Michigan, and the arrival at Ontonagon.
Date:1853-08-15
Subject:Godfroy; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lewis (passenger); McElrath, Thomson; Mining; Native Americans; Sam. Ward (Ship); Thunderstorms; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Copper Harbor, [Michigan]; Eagle Harbor, [Michigan]; Ontonagon, [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.