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six feet in length.     A beautiful night, stars bright clear and cold.
On for half an hour.  Copper Harbour, where the Livermores disem-
bark.    A good grasp of the hand of the brother, a smile and
half laugh from pretty Eugenia, a little hand-pressure from brown
eyed, daintily curled, demure, lisping Bertha, and they pass off
  for Evermore.       Pleasant Michigan people how much I ve learned
to like you in one brief week, and how I can fancy the quiet, good
home you have in these wild shores.          One of the ten thousand
reasons I have to be glad of about this travel is that I ve seen
how little New York is America by it.     How many frank, well-
informed men have I met aboard this boat too.    Assuredly more than
I should find in English country parts.        I do honor this great country,
and the more, day by day.       /         A bit of a ramble on shore
with Hillard, the Aurora Borealis faintly seen, up streaming
from the northern horizon.
  21.  Monday.  Stretching off due eastwards for the Island of
Michipicotten, a brisk gale blowing chill and strong, naught to
be seen but tumbling billows. Thermometer down to 53.     Talk with a shrewd New 
York 
born, Detroit inhabiting man anent the copper mining, in detail.
Of the ancient mines found, to the extent of perhaps thirty, with
employments, the work of an extinct people.    Indian tradition men-
tioned by Houghton, of a fight nigh Portage lake in which this
people may have been conquered and exterminated.     Not the Norse-
men who came hither ere the Norman conquest tower at Newport. for their minings,
by trench, not shaft, were much ruder than that of the races of
the European shores.     /           Stories of bears entering the miners pro-
vision stores, devouring provant, one biting the heel of a sleeping
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page ninety-six
Description:Regarding the Livermore family disembarking from the ''Sam Ward'' at Copper Harbor, and a talk with Detroit man about copper mining.
Date:1853-08-20
Subject:Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; Houghton, Douglas; Livermore; Livermore, Bertha; Livermore, Eugenia; Livermore, Mrs.; Mining; Native Americans; Sam. Ward (Ship); Travel
Coverage (City/State):Copper 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.