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and descent to the rivers margin.   Attempt to cross a little bayou, 
on floating logs, with the result of immersion knee high.    Back, emptied
boots of water, scaled hillside and thicket, and anon struck off attract-
ed by the musical voices of women, to where others of the passengers were,
part of another boat-load.  Swan, Miss Compston and others.    Soon
amid the green leaves I spy the curls and white sun-bonnet of pretty
Bertha Livermore.  Her sister, pretty also, and not so girlish in
figure, surmounted by a huge Bloomer hat; their mother, and the 
red moustache.           I join  em, and soon we are all grouped
in a party of our own on the hill-side, some in shade, some in
sun-light, according to his the liking of each.    I recline at Bertha s
feet.    Much badinage and funniment.     The rest of the party,
consist of Mr Barr, tall, good-humored and sensible, red-mus-
tache and his sister, and three or four men.    Talk and then
vocalization.     I got mightily popular, and the mirth
and fun waxes apace.   Small practical jocularities, filling Barr s
pockets with sticks and pinning kerchief to coat-back.  Bertha s
brown eyes twinkle merrily, and coquettishly she dons her sisters
big hat, looking all the prettier for t.       There s a certain staid
demureness about her, and she s not so free as others.    Old lady
talks, and we get very friendly.     Much singing, and presently
our circle has increased by some six or seven.    Two pleasant
hours thus, and then all rambling through the thicket and trees, 
in search of a little spring that had been discovered.     Reaching it
in [chance?], I with others drink out of a primitive beech-bark
cup made by the former Font du Lac blacksmith.    Anon I
fetch the girls.        More forest strolling, where a party were feeding,
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page eighty-seven
Description:Describes spending time on the Wisconsin shore with the other passengers, waiting for the steamboat ''Sam Ward'' to be unstuck from a sand bar on the Fond du Lac River.
Date:1853-08-19
Subject:Barr; Barr, Miss; Compston, Miss; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Livermore, Bertha; Livermore, Eugenia; Livermore, Mrs.; Nature; Sam. Ward (Ship); Swan; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):[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.