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buttress on the left side is low, a steep sloping rocky descent leading
to and through it sideways downwards; where with swift dumb-crashing horror
would Hayes have rolled, had he stumbled from the Pons Asi-
norum above.      The rock slopes slightly onwards, below the left
side of the arch, great cliffs out-projecting and tree surmounted
in the foreground.       On the other side,  tis straight, short rough rock,
soon met by the steep sloping cliff, thicket and bush covered, save
where the precipitous paths stretch downwards.    Part of the way
up, seated on fit spot, I took a sketch, Barth scaling the
summit and gathering nuts.           It was a lovely, tranquil afternoon,
the sky blue as steel above, and scarce a breeze stirring the
tree tops.            So the day drew on; Barth s wife & mother ^|in law| appeared
above for a space.                    Fort-wards, through the still trees,
long shades and sunset light, and an evening in doors.
  16.  Friday.  At the store with Barth during the forenoon; a solitary
ramble during the afternoon, enjoying the luxury of being alone. Lying
on the tall cliffs by the Folly Rock, looking on the lake a hun-
dred feet below, the roll of surf breaking along the shore.      Returning
at sunset, met Barth & Thornton, and with them to the 
Arch Rock.     Out on the summit of the huge buttress to the right,
(looking from in-land,) from whence the Arch springs; a bare, path
like space, wild trees and bushes fringing it, below which is the
awful precipice sheer down, or overhanging.         In doors all the
evening. Waud and Hayes appearing, stayed the evening. Mata-
grabolized.
  17.  Saturday.   A wet misty day, after a night with such a
storm I scarcely ever have witnessed its like.    For three hours did the
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and nine
Description:Describes a walk to Arch Rock with William Barth and Thornton on Mackinac Island.
Date:1853-09-15
Subject:Barth, William; Barth, William, Mrs.; Gardner, Mrs. (Michigan); Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (engraver); Mackinac Island (Mich.); Thornton; Travel; Waud, Alfred
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.