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families who live here, two mails in a month, brought to the place by
dog-sleighs and Indians.          We took a look outside at the dank
night, and mist enshrouded lake, & I got her shawl and put it on.
With her curls hooded by it she looked very pretty.   Woudn t dance,
when they commenced, and when I pressed her, acknowledged herself a
 professor of religion.       We chatted along right pleasantly, all the
men knowing she was the prettiest girl in the boat, and after an
hour and a half pleasantly spent, it ended.          A talk with Swan
and his sister, then down below, where  Fond du Lac  Godefroi was
playing Euchre, swearing loudly and talking Indian dialects.
     Talk with a Detroit man, hight Campo Campeau, about Michigan Uni-
versity.     Bed by 11 1/2.
  17. Wednesday.  Rain and lightning all night to an extreme
degree.     Rising I found we were lying off La Pointe, having
progressed some 8 miles in the Precedent   man drifted out, being at work on the pier, 
	rescued.     A pretty large collection
of huts, some few white folk and many Indians. Propeller Independence, fist boat 
	launched on the lakes lying here   1846  The place
as its name imports is situate on a long low-lying point stretching
out into the Lake.    We stop some time to wood &c.       I
find pretty girl with the curls and have a chat with her, her
brother, and mother.       Presently they are off in boat to visit
a protestant church yard, some little distance off,   the old lady
would go, inasmuch as she had buried a daughter there.   Swan
and I ramble off to see the village. Tis merely a fishing place,
has been of more importance as a rendevous of Voyageurs.  Many
Indians of both sexes about, and not a few half-breeds.  And small
lithe, long-black-haired urchins paddling in the water where canoes
lay.      The red men were poorly dressed, some in half civilized costume,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page seventy-four
Description:Describes arriving at the fishing village of La Pointe, Wisconsin.
Date:1853-08-16
Subject:Campeau; Children; Clothing and dress; Compston, Miss; Godfroy; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Livermore; Livermore, Bertha; Livermore, Mrs.; Native Americans; Sam. Ware (Ship); Swan; Travel
Coverage (City/State):La Pointe, [Wisconsin]
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.