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others the blanket, shirt or frock, shabby though colored leggings, and
moccasins, over all the blanket, exceedingly dirty.    They were round-
shouldered and in-toed, and slender looking. Hitherto I have not
seen an Indian I couldn t lick, I think.    Their faces varied conside-
rably, but there was ever the low-forehead and high cheek bones of the
savage.   Some had battered felt hats, one I saw quite brigandish,
others straw, with perchance a feather stuck in a parte-colored band,
others naught but long, lank hair.          The half-breeds were gaily dres-
sed, blue or dark loose pants, tasty cotton shirts, and girded by
red sashes.     Some of the fellows were not ill-looking.     They were all
thronging about the little wood-piled pier, and many on the vessel.
Pursuing our walk and overtaking Godefroi, Lewis, & Genessee man, 
we reached a little French Catholic church & burial ground.  The latter
was fenced in roughly, stakes with a horizontal pole piercing them. Within
the bodies were evidently buried above ground, earth tumuli over them, long
grass, and little wooden crosses, daubed with paint flourishes.      Each
tomb had its inscription in French.          We entered the Church.    It was
wooden built had backed seats, some ill-done prints and pictures round
it, and a big  Nativity  scene over the altar.   The priest, attired in
the usual [unclear word] panoply stood and on either side knelt two Indian boys;
The congregation were mostly squaws, all keeping up a long, low,
liquid but monstrous and drawling responses in Chippeway dialect.
I should think there d be few consonants and gutturals in it.    Some
of the younger omen had good eyes & profiles, but all coarse, large
mouths.    The boys, (there were some half dozen, unkempt, thick-
haired elfin urchins,) deported themselves much as white boys do in
church, leaning over the backs of the seats fronting them, their heads
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page seventy-five
Description:Describes visiting a Catholic church for Native Americans at La Pointe, Wisconsin.
Subject:Children; Clothing and dress; Godfroy; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lewis (passenger); Native Americans; Norris; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):[La Pointe, Wisconsin]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.