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and others have started for the Great Slave Lake, with Indians
and squaws, apprising him of it by letter.              I have done
two long letters for the  Times  duly forwarded, and am half
way towards completion of a third.        Also drawn two big cuts
and five two cols for Picayune.     Frank Noble took charge of part of
these, for transmission per express from Detroit; I going to the
vessel on Sunday afternoon, it stopping here in its passage southwards.
Frisell brought me news of it, he being abroad; and coming up to the
Fort to see me.     Hillard did the like, on two occasions, being
tarrying at the Mission House for a Chicago boat.   He s off now.
Also Compo called, once, he being bound Detroit-wards.  A few
rambles have I had about the Island, which is very pretty,
and picturesque.   Uprising early on the first morning, I with
Barth took a before breakfast walk to the Arched Rock.
Through winding forest ways over gently undulating green hills, among
thick growing arbor-vitae, balsam fur, white and yellow pine, cedar,
birch and poplar, gathering hazel-nuts by the pocketful, plucking
the small, though sweet and ripe wild straw berries that grow
all over the island, we go, dew-drops glistening on the bright
leaves, and the glorious morning sun overhead.     The Roche
Perc e as the French called it is a natural bridge or
Arch, hollowed out I fancy, by water power, ages past.
It is at the summit of a vast limestone bluff, perhaps over
a hundred feet in heighth, below it the abyss, sinking down,
and the lake.     There s a minor arch at some distance
down, excavated in an abatment of the first.     The upper
one may be twelve feet thick, vertically twenty.   It has been
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and one
Description:Describes a visit to Arch Rock on Mackinac Island with William Barth.
Date:1853-08-31
Subject:Campeau; Fort Mackinac (Mackinac Island, Mich.); Frisell; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; Mackinac Island (Mich.); Noble, Frank; Shattock; Travel
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.