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had glazed windows, or matted carpeting.    Old women would be
crouched, or lying inside, or squatted smoking in a circle outside,
at the tent-opening.         One repulsive old lady with frizzled hair
had negro blood in her.        While gazing at the group in which
she formed one, the Livermores came up.    The brother began to
talk with them, and the pretty sister with the curls shook hands
with three or four saying a few musical Chipeway words.    It
was a unique and picturesque scene.  The straw-bonnetted and 
neatly dressed, pretty Michigan girl and the wrinkled, brown visaged
laughing old squaws.        Meantime great traffic is being driven.
One enthusiastic gentleman gives $10 for a pickle-bottle full of
small agates; another pays $5 for a big one.   Pipes are bought,
and reft from Indian mouths at twenty-five cents each.      I, as
promised that morning by Godfroy, get a pipe which at once
renders me the envy of all.       A long ash-tube, Indian carven,
and painted; a huge long red-stone bowl, (fashioned on one side
to a savage representation of a human face), pewter braced and
lined.       Godfroy would nt take money for t.       I got the history
of it anon, from a man who lived two years at this spot, as Go-
vernment blacksmith, getting $600 a year for plying his trade here,
a chief Chin-gook, it had been smoked as pipe of peace, on 
more than one occasion of import.  /     More rambling about, and
then the bell bids us all aboard, save three, and our friend
Godfroy.         One of the three is young Mc Elrath, who inspired
by the notion of crossing to St Paul, head of the Mississippi,
some 150 miles westwards; has resolved to accompany  em. I fancy
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page eighty-three
Description:Describes a peace pipe he received from Godfroy.
Subject:Godfroy; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Livermore; Livermore, Bertha; McElrath, Thomson; Native Americans; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Fond du Lac, 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.