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sand casks emptied of their contents into the river, and all concei-
vable done to lighten the vessel, but we stick fast in the river
mud.   Breakfast over, all the masculines are in request on the lower
deck, for the purpose of rushing in a body from one side to the other,
to  roll  the vessel. But little is, however effected.   It is in-
timated to the Captain that we re all ready to do any-thing. So
we re exhorted to go ashore and amuse ourselves.  An adventurous
gentleman lowers himself into one of the recently purchased canoes,
to his own imminent peril, and the extreme amusement of the crowd
of lookers on.   The slightest divergement from his centre of gravity
causes oscillation. He sits on the stern, and upwards of half
of the other end of the canoe remains elevated above water, stout like,
while he paddles round in uncertain gyrations.       Ironical greetings
and advice are showered upon him.    Swan exhots him not to shift
his chaw of tobacco from one cheek to the other, as incontinent immersion
must be the result.      But another descending into the fore-part,
canoe is righted, and paddled swiftly to the green shore.   It
is a lovely spot, where we lay all this live-long day.   Three or four
little bayous, hills all verdure clad, the exquisite green
mirrored of a deeper hue in the chocolate colored water .   We
crowd into boat, and are landed on this Wisconsin shore, with
some little difficulty.    Up the steep thicket clad hill side, tall
grass and wild weeds wet with the mornings dew, and reaching to the
middle.       All scatter.   I go nut-picking, for hazel bushes are
every where.       A pocketful acquired, I ramble inland, where pre-
sently the grass and under-wood ceases, tall trees grow, and  tis
easier locomotion.       A long exploratory ramble, and then a detour
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page eighty-six
Description:Regarding the steamboat ''Sam Ward'' getting stuck in a sand bar on the Fond du Lac River.
Subject:Estabrook, Captain; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Sam. Ward (Ship); Swan; Travel
Coverage (City/State):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.