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eighty miles of trail, on foot, and sleeping in dank forest will take
the starch out of him. )          Godfroy is on board, with divers
whisky bottles and other baggage, and five or six Indians all round
him, one young squaw rather good-looking, respecting whom he re-
peated his former Homeric offer to me.        There was any amount of 
uproar, chaffering and laughing going on, lots of the red vagabonds
both ashore and in the canoes were drunk as may be.      The
crowd on the shore and about was picturesque as ever.    Gettings off
again, aboard again, canoes every where, a lovely summers evening,
the water with scarce a ripple.       Up above looking on;   then sup-
per.   After, tossing apples, biscuits, bright new cent pieces among the
crowd to scramble for, on which boys, girls, men and women would
run, stumble and roll over in the endeavour to clutch them from
the long grass.        The mirth and fun increased, fellows got on
shore again; Montgomery rushing about with a stick and the boys run-
ning away from it and him.      Close by, nigh a little pond com-
mingling with the river, two squaws were at work building a hut,
which they both commenced and completed while we were there.  Specu-
lations are put forth as to whether the Sam Ward will put forth
that night, for wer e fast aground.  Had we stayed there d
have been much fun and more immorality. Chiefs farewell speech.  In an adjoining
wigwam, noise of barberous tambour playing is heard, which sets
us inquiring for a dance.     And after some delay eight men ap-
pear from huts, motley attired and paint-besmeared.   One had
soldiers old red coat, with brass about the shoulders, and
Indian fixings for the other parts of his anatomy.  Another was bare
to the middle, had great pads of grass engirdling him and hideously painted.  All had 
chaplets of painted
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page eighty-four
Description:Describes a dance and games at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Date:1853-08-18
Subject:Godfroy; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Montgomery; Native Americans; Sam. Ward (Ship); Travel; Women
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.