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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,               
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