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and a half-breed Voyageur visit us, and retire in dudgeon at not
being hired to take us up the river.     The Captain and others
try soundings and channel-depths in the boat for an hour or so.
Previous to this much speculation is rife among the passengers as
to whether we shall, or shall not reach Fond du Lac.  I with
cosmopolitan Frisell seek the Canadian-French Voyageur we
have on board, and propose to be rowed up the two and twenty miles
in his birch-bark canoe.  But it had got damaged and he would
not venture.  More cogitation & discussion among passengers standing
on the foreward deck, gazing at the long, low lying necks of sand
stretching out, as if to bar our progress.         A selling scene
got up at the expense of Mc Elrath.  He s told how Norris,
(Genessee man) hath been occupied in taking comprehensive notes
touching his involuntary cold baths.  I intimate that originally, he
had put down that Mac was thrown out of window, by the card-
players.    It took well, for the young fellow,  (a good-humored
impulsive, rude, sensual boy, merely;) was in great dread, and indul-
ged in divers  G__d__n hims!      More talk.   Caprain Shat-
took, (fat, gallant, jocular Southerner, member of some legis-
lature, and Mississippi Captain,   he looks like a good looking
General Cass at the age of forty;)   comes out strong in talk. One
good thing he said, describing the welt and texture of a shirt
he had bought at Ontonagon, quoth he,  You could throw a hat
through it!      Meantime Captain & boat return with the word
that there s nine feet water at the bar,   our vessel draws 5,
and 2 being allowed for surf, two feet clear may be reckoned on.
So the passage is resolved upon.     Men are left on the neck to beckon,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page seventy-nine
Description:Describes a delay while the crew of the ''Sam Ward'' determines if they can pass over a sand bar.
Subject:Estabrook, Captain; Frisell; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; McElrath, Thomson; Norris; Sam. Ward (Ship); Shatook, Captain; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[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.