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savage faced and portly, might have seen seventy years, three young
women; two as pretty as Indians can be, that is with large full
eyes, but coarse features, and long sleek black hair; and two or
three slender limbed elfin looking urchins about.   They know no En-
glish, and therefore were not conversable.    But on our giving the
children small silver coins, they seemed friendly enow.    The girls
leered slyly out of the corners of their eyes, and I ll swear on of
 em was criticiscising my beard in her dialect.    They were attired in
bright hued Indian costume.   The adjacent cottages were timber &
bark built, rude enow, but endurable.       I peeped in, but a few
skins and sleeping arrangements.       I regret to say they were feeding
at a pine table, and had plates,   Ontonagon civilization had
evidently detiorated them.         We left, and retracing our steps
along the sandy shore soon came upon others.  A canoe with two 
or three squaws in t, with underjaws projecting, and ill-looking.
One English word they had in perfection,   twas  whiskey.    And
by leerings and beckonings they invited us to a walk in the woods,
which amatory invitations were not accepted.   So they rowed off. Close
by was one of the men, a most picturesque fellow, as we stood
looking and gesticulating with him.  He had long lank, black
hair, high cheek-bones, low forehead, broad face and slim, tall,
though stooping figure.   He was attired in a loose cotton shirt, leg-
gings, bare brown thigh intervening, and over all a voluminous
blue blanket.   He had no head dress.      Beside him was a 
wild, Murillo looking bag.       /            To the village, talk &
imbibition, and after some hour and a half back to the boat.
I talking with an elderly, strongly featured cosmopolitan New
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page seventy-one
Description:Describes taking a walk at Ontonagon, Michigan, and going to a Native American village there.
Date:1853-08-16
Subject:Clothing and dress; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Native Americans; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):[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.