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score of savages; they appearing unaffectedly glad to see him, and he
a sturdy man in authority here.        His store s interior was rough
to view, but spacious and compact enough.        A roughly-framed counter
running half round the room, shelves and boxes, and matters of
traffic.        Above, covering half the apartment, and reached by a
primitively made Crusoe ladder was another room.     I went up. Twas
filled with iron ware, pots, pans, boots, clothes, a couch with mus-
quito-net over it in midst of all, and garments hanging about.     A
red-curtain hung over the entrance by which access was gained.   Below
again, amidst the crowd, grinning, in-toed, simple savages side
by side with keen Anglo-American faces and broad cloth, or pretty
women, shawled, fair-faced and Bloomer-hatted.  Godfroy, (or
 Fond-du-Lac , as he was more universally called;) was talking in his
hard, rough, quaint style, enquiries raining on him from every
side.            People bother him about Agates to sell,   (there s been
a perfect Mania on that subject ever since we left the Sault, inso-
much that I shall be considerably relieved, when everybody s got agates,
or when the Lake shores afford none for  em;)   but Godfroy has nt
anything to sell.        Rambling out all around.    The burial
ground.     Two or three wooden-crosses,   the dead bodies evidently
deposited in very shallow graves, perhaps two feet below the surface
and wooded over with shingle.  On a rough post his at the head
of one, a scalp was drying, coarse brown human hair attached to
a piece of dried rusty-red-stained skin.         Rambles through the
village walking into hut and tent as we listed.        Some of the huts
were though roughly-enough put together yet weather proof, but the
conical tents of skin or bark miserable.   The former occasionally
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page eighty-two
Description:Describes a visit to Godfroy's store in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Date:1853-08-18
Subject: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.