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Mission House, the hotel of the place, as inducements to such folk as
stay here.    Hillard, Shattock, his Pittsburgh $1000-losing friend, 
and others disembark.        I shake hands with half a dozen, hearty
Swan, Noble and others, good old Mr Greenwood bids  God bless
me!  and off I am, to the right, then up a marvellously
steep path cliff surmounting to the Fort.       Entering its arch-
way I find Livingston, (whom I recollect whilome at Governor s
Island,) who walks with me to the end of the quadrangle,
where Barth issues forth, and gives me hearty welcome.   Into a
spacious comfortably furnished room, where soon his wife appears.
A tall, pleasant faced girl, but 17, with bright brown hair,
and blue eyes, her voice tranquil and musical, involuntarily sug-
gestive of Dickens  Milly  in the Christmas Story, the Haunted Man, or 
Ghost s Bargain.  There s a quiet
beauty and innocence in all her ways, most pleasant to look upon.
He has done right well in this marriage, and his wife, spite of
little violations of grammar, is a truer lady than his mother in
England.       Lack of Education can be supplied and could never make
so happy a home as a loving heart & home feelings.       I d marry
Imogen, if she talked like Mrs Gamp.              Talk, and ale, till
far into the night, and then I went to sleep on a bed improvisatized
on the sofa-couch.
   Unto Wednesday, the 31st of August.      I must put all
together, having gotten in arrear.       A pleasant tranquil time have
I passed, though but little stirring abroad.     A letter from Dillon
Mapother, dated Joliet, nigh to Chicago arrived, urging me to go
thither.      Barth writes to Alf Waud, in reply to him,
concocting a flam that I, from Fond du Lac, with Mc Elrath
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred
Description:Describes his arrival at Mackinac Island and meeting William Barth and his wife at the fort.
Date:1853-08-22
Subject:Barth, Mrs.; Barth, William; Barth, William, Mrs.; Fort Mackinac (Mackinac Island, Mich.); Great Lakes (North America); Greenwood; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; Livingston (soldier); Mackinac Island (Mich.); Mapother, Dillon; McElrath, Thomson; Noble, Frank; Shattock; Swan; Travel; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Mackinac Island, 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.