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her sisters, mother, and father-in law, on a boat circumgyration
around the island.      Mrs Gardner, the mother, is a good-looking,
dark-glossy haired, deep-blue eyed Englishwoman; with good-sense
a will and temper of her own. Left a widow by the death of her
husband, band master in the English Service, she had struggled
bravely for her children, slaving as only women will slave, and in minor
degree making slaves of them, or rather the eldest.  But despite
all surrounding influence, the woman has brought up these girls right
well, albeit severely, resolved that though stripes were needed to keep
the Devil out, he should be kept out, and they should be good and
pure, as I believe they are.       Her present husband, is a sober, sensi-
ble American.     They ve tried certain years of Iowa farm-life,
then Florida, (he in the service,) where Barth first met his present
wife, she attending  school , which he kept; then Governors Island, 
then here; and anticipate return to the South.           The girls are
all home-loving, and though not educated, good; one, Violet,
or  Dory  , as they call her, a girl of fourteen, pretty, coquettish
and fun-loving.     /           With all these pleasant folk we breezily
coasted round little Mackinac ^|in| the bright Sunday afternoon.
The little town, it may have 200 houses, with the Fort high
above it, the tall rock, hight Robinson s Folly, (justly so called
from a two legged ass who whilome Capt off it,) the line of cliff
of limestone, succeeded by thick growing trees; while afar off in
the distance, a low lying line indicating the main land.  At about
2, landing we clambered into the thicket & there pick-nicked,
relishing cold pigeon pie & corned beef extensively.  Thence all rambling
in-land through the dense undergrowth of firs, balsam & pines,
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and three
Description:Describes a sailing trip around Mackinac Island with the family of William Barth's wife.
Date:1853-09-09
Subject:Barth, William; Barth, William, Mrs.; Fort Mackinac (Mackinac Island, Mich.; Gardner (Michigan); Gardner, Mrs. (Michigan); Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mackinac Island (Mich.); Military; Travel; Violet; 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.