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blackened by fire.        Isle Royal, to which we are now nearing
far on our right.                   Aha! what a scene must this present
albeit visible to no human ken in wild water.      When the death
cold winds rage shrilly over snow hidden crag and promontory,
when the giant ice-masses jar and crash all over the lake,
when the northern lights and Borealis glory stream upwards; and
the mad surf dashes over sunken rock and promontory s base;   
then, then it must be grand to look upon!  /             To one Thun-
der cape, on approaching it, looked like a vast Volcano, with one
side reft away.     /       Frisell suggested, and carried out the how, a
noble hosted for the summer months would pay here.   The notion
will bear simplifying in print.       /        Onwards bearing towards the
south east, the day one of unclouded splendor; islets and rocks
innumerable as we coast the eastern extremity of Isle Royal,
with its, long, wave worn projections, like unto their ap-
pelations, the Fingers.       Some broken off and wave-engirdled,
covered with fir and pine, but barren, barren of aught else.    Loons
and a few gulls about.    At Rock Harbour, south east of Isle
Royal, clear green water dashing against the little roughly formed pier.
All disembarking, some taking canoes and paddling off to the islets in
search of overmuch talked off agates.   I, with Frisell and others to
witness the mining contrivances.     Sheds, pits, shafts and machinery,
it being Sunday no operations going on.        Frisell s opinion was that the
mine was a non-paying humbug, and in faith I think he was
right.   These were chunks of dubious looking Heard a favourable opinion however of a 
practical man after [stocks?] at par. copper lying at a pit-
mouth, & t was the belief of another that they had been transported
hither from the southern shore.        All the trees about this settle-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page ninety-four
Description:Describes sailing past islands on Lake Superior in the ''Sam Ward.''
Date:1853-08-20
Subject:Frisell; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mining; Sam. Ward (Ship); 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.