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soon pronounced to be the  Baltimore .   They near us, and cheers
are given.    Soon the two vessels are together, great crowdings and inter-
changing of greetings, I above, on the roof of the upper deck in company
with the Livermores, red-mustache, (who s not a bad fellow, and hight
Buckley;) and other feminines, watching the scene.  We re off again,
having taken two or three of the  Baltimore s   passengers aboard,
some of ours going off to them.    From one, Van Anden, ( Saut  man) I
learn, they started on Saturday, have seen but little, also that the
fellow who fell overboard from the canoe in Monday night s storm
swam to shore.    He ought to have been drowned, and I shall drown
him in print for the sake of the incident.      But I doubt the identity
of the case.    T was far from shore, and a wild night, also his res-
cued comrade said he couldn t swim. The poor fellow was drowned after all.  Sitting in 
the stern part
of the boat, imbibing lemonade and talking to girls. Bertha s just
a pretty girl and no more, mouth is faulty.       But her eyes and
curls, and a delicate little suggestion of a moustache remind me of
Lotty.      I rather think   Nellie  Burtenshaw , as she writes her-
self has the kindest face aboard, but her eyes are too near together.
She s married.       /              A race  twixt us and the Bal-
timore, they firing up at a great rate, volumes of white smoke
issuing from their chimney, black from ours.        They got ahead of
us, cross over defyingly, and pay for the bravado, by dropping
astern, and staying there.   During the race, all the girls are
inquiring whether we can t beat em, all the old ladies, hoping no
racing is to be done, are commencing a mild fainting fit.  /
Writing.      A talk with Frisell in his cabin, at his invite, over
a glass of excellent brandy.        The most notable man on board this,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page ninety
Description:Describes a race between the steamboats ''Sam Ward'' and ''Baltimore'' on Lake Superior.
Subject:Baltimore (Ship); Buckley (passenger); Burtenshaw, Nellie; Frisell; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Livermore; Livermore, Bertha; Livermore, Mrs.; Sam. Ward (Ship); Transportation; Travel; Van Anden
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.