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out hunting or fishing were on the banks gazing up at us, or pad-
dling about in birch-bark canoes on the river.      The women were
in the majority, and there were no lack of children.  Perhaps
there might be nigh 300 of  em.   Long-black-haired, brown-
skinned, dirty, gaily-tawdry attired varlets they were.   Few
wore covering on their heads,   here and there you might spy a sort
of Turban-cap, of red cloth on a man, but  twas an exception.
Some had leggings and moccasins, though of no great finery, others,
though few, clingy trousers, others nought about their extremities.
Many wore blankets, the women almost universally,   worn wrapt
tightly around them, their outlines thus presenting an appearance
suggestive of Flaxmans Outline-Homerics.  They were a motley
crowd, red and blue colors predominating.        They boys and girls were
lithe, slender and gipsy-looking.        Their faces were all animal,
many as repulsive as could be, foreheads villainous low, and massive
brute like lower jaws.   Some grinned with unsophisticated childish
wonder, others smoked stolidly their clumsy hammer looking-stone
headed pipes.     Many sate crouching in groups, the younger part
running about chattering.             Some are on the steamboat, others all
around it.        We all got ashore, and ramble about, savages
mingling among us, picturesquely grouped.     Many of the old women
were particularly hideous, wrinkled and broadnosed, one hereafter
seen lying in a conical hut over one-hundred years in age.       We
all crowd into Godfroy s store, which is opened by a partner of his,
a young Detroit man whose hair grew long and black, though not so
coarse as that of the red vagabonds around.        Godfroy had inter
changed greetings, hand-shakings and Chippeway talk with half a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page eighty-one
Description:Describes the people at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Date:1853-08-18
Subject:Children; Clothing and dress; Godfroy; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Native Americans; 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.