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sixty years old, with stout, burly form, square resolute face, bold
aquiline nose, grey hair and eyes,   a compact self confident man.
Commenced life in the army, at 18 as Lieutenant, has travel-
led surveying, much in Canada &c, has kept record of each day
for thirty years, also copies of all business lettesr and sums. Is well
to do, wedded, and has sons & daughters, old as 30.  He tells
me of his anticipated Amazon expedition, in October.  Also that
he lent money, some $50 to boy Mc Elrath, on the note of
hand of another whom he knew a safe man, as young Mc hadn t $
to do the St Paul excursion.     Also that he supposes his determi-
nation to go was induced by the past quizzings about the impromptu
bath, and dread of reporters in future.          /       Dinner. Coasting
along the northern shore eastwards, and the decks thronged by lookers
on.     Sitting in the fore part of the boat with Barr, Northberry, the
two Livermore girls, their mother and brother, idly talking, or looking
telescopically of naturally at the wild loveliness of the untrodden
Minnesota shore.        Mighty ranges of forest crowned mountains, now
rising steep rocky and precipitous from the dancing waves of the broad
lake to the height of 150 feet or more, now rounded, or
sloping away on either side.        Little streams, caves and a national
bridge.    Steep perpendicular slabs of Argillicus slate, ore
here and there Cyenite, [unclear word], and trap-range.    Little
bayous and curves, all beautiful, and wood-surmounted.   This
for miles and miles under an unclouded sky.   Wild birds are
seen, solitary looking.   On all the glorious afternoon, and at length
we are striking out wider from shore, and a long blue line
only indicates the shore line.       Evening.     Dancing going on
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page ninety-one
Description:Describes a talk with Frisell aboard the ''Sam Ward.''
Date:1853-08-19
Subject:Barr; Frisell; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Livermore; Livermore, Bertha; Livermore, Eugenia; Livermore, Mrs.; McElrath, Thomson; Northberry; Sam. Ward (Ship); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Minnesota]
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.