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ment,   (it might number thirty huts,) were burnt or hewn down,
there was little or no cultivation, and I opine if people die there
that remains must be disposed of in the lake, for their can t be
soil enow to bury  em.      Blazing hot sun-light overhead.     Return
to vessel, I having narrowly missed breaking my leg, by the giving
way of a treacherous plank, however I  scaped with bruises.    Much
bell ringing for the agate-hunters, somuch that I gan to believe
with the Tusk bells to be of diabolic origin.      They returning with
no great success as to the coveted stones, but lots of small green stones,
the which some enthusiasts had paid many $5 to Isle Royalers, for
pickle bottles half full.        Folks and cargo aboard   (and touching
thus stone gathering, perchance had our Eastern-born Captain bidden
passengers to pitch over their mineral and metallic acquisitions, on the
day of the St Louis River detention, it might have availed,) off
we steam southwards across the lake.        Naught but dancing waves
all the afternoon, so I dozed.        Eagle Harbour, and folks
going ashore.       Frisell, (intent on visiting the mines, with
a view to $ realization and speculations,)  Norris, pretty Mrs
Burtonshaw, ugly, rude and brainless Mrs Bennett, (sister to red-
mustache,) and others.         Then, wood being gotten aboard, for the
first time since we left La pointe, off again, for Copper Har-
bour.       I am sitting scribbling when I am bidden to come look
at the comet.  So in the stern part of the vessel, where the
girls are crowded, Newberry & others there, I take a peep through
Smith s (Toledo man) glass.        A beautiful comet truly, south-
wards of the Bear,  star clear and sharply defined, and a 
[word crossed out] tail streaming upwards in pale glory, to one s eye perchance
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page ninety-five
Description:Mentions seeing a comet in the sky en route to Copper Harbor on the ''Sam Ward.''
Date:1853-08-20
Subject:Bennett, Mrs. (passenger); Buckley (passenger); Burtenshaw, Nellie; Estabrook, Captain; Frisell; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Newberry, J.S.; Norris; Sam. Ward (Ship); Smith (passenger); Travel
Coverage (City/State):Eagle Harbor, [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.