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to the right, seen in a long blue line, partly hidden by intervening
Islets is Isle Royal.         Before us, and t which we are rapidly
nearing is Pie Island.     Not ill-named, for at first view it bears
a resemblance to a Brobdignagian blane-mange, placed on an
elongated dish.            As we approach it s majesty and beauty are
more plainly descried.     Thick-leaved, tall forest trees hiding its base
even from the lake s margin; and rising in a bold beautiful 
onwardly-curving sweep, one vast monstrous mass of trap-rock
so soars up to a height of 850 feet, all forest crowned on its sum-
mit.          Inaccessible to human foot as it seems it has been scaled,
and a spacious lake discovered in its summit.    The bare, brown
rock surface, summit and base verdure hidden is confusedly seen,
the Sun s rays darting down from above hotly on the dancing waves
of the lake.      A mightly line of rocks, indented, curving, or
boldly projecting along the shore of the mainland; and
before us looming up Thunder Mountain and Cape, 1360 feet
above the water level!         Right well named, for it lay on the
horizon like a vast jagged edged thunder cloud.   We plash on;
and soon the vast ^|giant| promontory is before us, the wild waves raging
and surging ^|for ever| at its base, now as when this continent had not
upheaved its monster bulk from primeval waves, in pre-adamite
cycle of time.    Twas not inaptly  compared, as to shape,
by Massachusetts born Hillard to a Titanic Crusader s effigy
on a tomb, with clasped hands, heaven pointing, casque on
head and recumbent figure.        Rocks and precipitous shore
all behind us.          Pie Island, eastwardly seen, has another
mighty-mountain range, partly foliage hidden, partly bare or
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page ninety-three
Description:Describes sailing past islands on Lake Superior in the ''Sam Ward.''
Subject:Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; Nature; Sam. Ward (Ship); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Michigan]
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.