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lead-heavings are incessant, and the passage is triumphantly accomplish-
ed.     Fellows all hurrah.      Up the winding green margined river.
Projecting or sloping shores, little islets, large ones, channels and
esturies innumerable, great beds of rushes, and here and there
broad leaved water lilies tremulously floating by the margin of the
untrodden shores.    Trees and thickets all around, verdure to the waters
edge.   Sometimes the stream narrowed so much that twould have been
an impossibility to have turned the vessel, sometimes sloped off into little
lake or bay.     The river was very shallow, and brown colored, from
the clay or [unclear word] banking it.    A canoe, not far off.   Our boat is
out very much.   We run ashore, and stick fast for 3/4 of an
hour, during which dinner occurs.    I being talking with Godfroy in
the fore part find all places at table occupied, have to tarry the
second dinner, which I do, impatiently enough, for we are close on
Fond du Lac, and its huts can be descried.   By the time a
hurried meal was despatched we were there.     Some fifteen wooden
built huts, primitive enough, cane-shaped Indian wig-wams of every
degree of diminutive misery.        The place is quite up as far as the
river is navigable, situated on the very margin, luxuriant green turf
and rushes all around.     Behind rise tree-surmounted hills.    Little
torn and dirty flags flutter in the rear,   a burial ground.   Godfroy
was in great glory here, as might be imagined.    His store, was, truly the
biggest in the place, a spacious log-building, nearly opposite to
which our vessel lay.   (By the bye, tis the first steamboat
whose paddle-wheels have plashed up this wild western stream,   pro-
pellers three there have been, no steamboats.)      But now to
speak of the Indians.    All the population, save such men as were
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page eighty
Description:Describes a visit to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Date:1853-08-18
Subject:Godfroy; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Sam. Ward (Ship); Travel
Coverage (City/State):Fond du Lac, [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.