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the sandy shore as magnificent, a huge Inland Sea bursting
at once in view.        The two Indians got very drunk below,
or sleepy, I know not which, for I found  em reclined on the fore
part below, blanket enwrapped.         Rumours in the earlier part
of the evening that the Steward has been left on shore, and is lost.
So a boat is dispatched to recover him and the unloaded coal,
but the former is discovered reclined in his berth.   A New Haven
doctor has got a big bottle nigh full of balsam from the expeditions.
Also in a smaller bottle a remarkably ugly, furry, reddish, viscous
minute bat, looking like a hybrid  twixt a flitter-mouse and a tree-
toad, which is exhibited to the admiration of every body.    I suggest
they should drop spots of red sealing-wax all over him, and that
he should be forwarded to Barnum; which is however bettered by
the universal admission that Barnum s intellect would   fix  him to
better advantage.       Long talk with a black-bearded, very American
looking Cincinatti Editor, (of the  Sun, ) who I, after some time
was considerably amused to discover a Derby-shire born Briton.    He
like Ulysses has endured much.   Has been a peddler, a gravedigger,
tended stores, mended windows, sold newspapers, given travelling
lectures, nearly got lynched on suspicion of Abolition, and much
more,   a  much enduring man, possessing sound common sense.
Singing in the aft part of the boat, to Swan, and girls.  Dancing,
and music.       Talk with girls &c.   Writing amidst all sorts of
clamor, and abed by 1 o clock or near it.
  20. Saturday.   By an hour after breakfast we are moving off,
have left the green banks and little bayous behind, and are again on
the waters of the giant Lake.   A steamboat is descried after off, and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page eighty-nine
Description:Describes learning about his fellow travelers on board the ''Sam Ward,'' including a newspaper editor from Cincinnati.
Date:1853-08-19
Subject:Barnum, P.T.; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Native Americans; Sam. Ward (Ship); Swan; Travel
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.