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Barth, observing all the qualities of the isle, and nut-picking to a
great extent.     Pleasant, sunlit, dreamy, forest paths are there; little
leafy nooks where  twere pleasant to lie idly throughout the live-long
day, watching the trembling of the grass tops, so gently rippled by the
sweet Summer s wind.   Where the shadows come and go, and the
heavy humble-bee hums about the wild flowers, and the scent of
the sweet-briar, incense-like, beclouds the brain with delight.  Where
the bright green leaves of the arbor vitae rustle with soft delicious
music, and thick and bushily spreading grow the hazel boughs.
Where premontory Autumn leaves, red, yellow and sere, speak of
the approaching death of the Year; sadly, though calmly suggestive
of the end of Man s years.                  I find this thought, like a low
solemn chorus running through everything, the distant booming of
that far-off Eternity to which we all drift onwards.     Rendered in-
audible by the World-squabble and coarse brawling of City-life;
away in the beautiful Country, where no screen of hateful houses
intervenes  twixt God and you, you are ever conscious of it.
There s a great Soul of Melancholy in all deep, heart-felt Hap-
piness.     And great Nature with her cabin eternal beauty
of varying seasons, so outwardly unsympathyzing, yet so kind, 
ever presents our own Finite to us.
  15.  Thursday.  A bathe in the still Lake during the
afternoon, then clambering up the steep cliff-face towards the
Arch Rock.    From this Lake-side, it is a notable rock
to look upon, and its arch varies altogether in shape from the
sharp-cut Early English are deservable on the in land side,
looking now round-flattened.    The smaller arch in the out-jutting
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and eight
Description:Comments on the autumn scenery at Mackinac Island.
Date:1853-09-14
Subject:Autumn; Barth, William; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mackinac Island (Mich.); Nature; 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.