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as usual, and pleasant talks.   With a young Massachusetts man,
well read & intimate with books out of the common way, now set-
tled in Wisconsin.    Talk of Western phraseology, and many amusing
stories illustrative of it proffered.     Bed by 11.
  20. Sunday.  At Princes Bay.  Rose an hour or so before day-break, and stepping
forth from my cabin, looked around.   We are quietly at anchor in Princes
Bay, some twenty yards from shore.  Upon it three or four little
deserted miners huts are seen, two fires blazing, (kindled by Frisell
& Sedgwick who with canoe have already gone ashore,)  trees and luxuriant
undergrowth around, and verdure covered hills closing the scene.    The
eastern horizon is flecked with grey clouds, ruddily tinged, though faintly
on the lower edges.         As I with a party of others put off in the boat
the broad bright disc of the glorious sun rose over the
ocean floor, the waters sparkling and leaping in ruddy gold. The moon paling gently 
away in dim loneliness on the west.  A
cold, fresh, welcoming breeze blew the day s reveille.   Ashore, spying
the inside of the huts, strawberry bushes growing about them, and
rush beds within.    Rambling along a path betwixt the bushes,
dank with dew till arriving at an abandoned copper mine & silver 
mine, all scat-
ter about picking out fragments of beautiful spar and quartz from
a heap which lay adjacent.    This mine has been worked with 
no success, some thousands of 
pounds being lost by an English company   T was abandoned 7 years back.   A 
swindle.
This Mineral Region ^|however| of the vast lake holds a California of
riches for men who ve brain and coin to use in mining it.   With
all its mines &c it has but been scratched over.      Return to the
Sam Ward, and onwards.          And now we, steaming north-east-
wards gaze upon many islands, rocky and tree surmounted; far
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page ninety-two
Description:Regarding visiting an abandoned mine at Prince Bay.
Date:1853-08-19
Subject:Frisell; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; Mining; Sam. Ward (Ship); Sedgwick (passenger); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Michigan]
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.