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Yorker, yclept Frisell, who occupied part of my cabin on the Pa-
cific.     Has travelled much, and is about to go on an expedition
exploring the Amazon.  Expects to be gone two years.        To
the boat.  Talk with Fond du Lac Godefroi.    How he now
away from home to the wild western life.    /   With the Genessee born 
man, humbugging him.    He s a mine to be worked.   This
morn at breakfast Lewis started the assertion that the boat had
struck during the night.    Jackass  credits it, swears he felt it,
and saw the men pumping.    Read over his notes to me, I giving
him wild suggestions.       Dinner.      We pass Porcupine Mountains,
dimly seen, though 1000 feet high, and on, westwards. /   Fond
du Lac  Godefroi s narrations .   How he lived some years at St
Paul, some hundreds of miles west of his present abode.   Of his
traffic in furs and peltries with the Indians, whom he justly
estimates as a thieving, rascally, dirty, starving improvident
race.     How a man sleeps in winter travel, digs away enow
and earth, lying down unwrapped in buffalo-skin and blanket,
sleeping soundly till the morrow, when he ll find a foot of snow
on him, a spiral hole above made by his breath.     How they
live, taking as provant meal and swine s flesh.    He assents
that for part of the year Indians feed on berries. They haunt
such settlements as may exist, and at meal times expect pro-
miscuous hospitality, even as they are ready, possessing aught to
share it.    Never fight save when drunk, and then do, the women
yelling like devils.     He don t carry arms, says a knock-down
fist blow answers better.      Has a claim against government for
Indian depredations, after this fashion.    One red skinned varlet
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page seventy-two
Description:Describes a talk with Godefroy on board the ''Sam. Ware'' about his life spent trading with Native Americans in Michigan around the Great Lakes.
Date:1853-08-16
Subject:Frisell; Godfroy; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lewis (passenger); Native Americans; Norris; 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.