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clambered over, but as the boy spoken of by Sam Weller said
touching learning the Alphabet,  tis scarcely worth the trouble.
  Another time, one lovely sunset I with Barth, his wife and
three of her sisters, strolled to the Sugar Loaf Rock, passing
by Skull Cave,   a place where Alexander Henry was concealed
by a friendly Indian after the massacre of Michillimackinac,   &
where he lay on a pile of human bones,   (I crawled in part of the
way,   it don t go far.) we came to the monstrous conical
rock, rising up some sixty feet, forest trees all around it
almost blockading it to the view, below.      Stunted firs and
trees grow upon it; it has little caverns and holes in its rough
limestone sides, one of which is reached by a rustic ladder.   It
may be fifty feet wide, twenty thick.       The Sugar Loaf shape
is distinct enugh on one side, but altogether lost elsewhere.
 Tis a notable rock, and seen from rising ridges in the
beautiful island, appears to issue grandly up from the verdure
engirdling it in most picturesque manner.      /         A bathe I
& Barth had, in the Lake that Sunday afternoon, enjoyable 
though chill.
  From Thursday the First, to Friday, the Ninth.  Passed as
heretofore, with variations.   Six Lake Superior letters have I now
completed, duly dispatching them New York-wards.   No 1 has
reached me in print.    Some eight or ten Picayune cuts also, having
now used up all my box-wood.     Certain, though not numerous
evening walks with Barth; and on Sunday, with him, his wife,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and two
Description:Describes the scenery at Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Subject:Barth, William; Barth, William, Mrs.; Fort Mackinac (Mackinac Island, Mich.); Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Henry, Alexander; Mackinac Island (Mich.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Mackinac Island, Michigan]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.