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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 217, October 6, 1858

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Identifier: DX03584618

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 217, October 6, 1858

Description: Describes a fishing excursion to Pine Pond with George Bolton and the Tew family.


tortuous and obstructed channels, the feeble sunbeams shining here and there, a savager, more disconsolate place it would be hard to fancy. The pond itself, when at length we reached it, proved to be of considerable bigness, comprising perhaps 2000 acres, entirely surrounded by forest. There were thick oscer-like ridges growing in it, but of dead trees it was comparatively free. Here we fished — at least the rest of the party did, I, having no trolling line, confined myself to looking on, occasionally baling out the boat and going to sleep, which last I manifested such an inclination towards that George [Bolton] put me ashore. Here I found fire smouldering among the dead leaves and boughs, improved it and lying down went off into a good hour’s slumber, finding a stranger near me when I awoke. He asked a question or two about the boats, said he was “from the mill” and went off. George came and we fed together, then to the boat again. He had caught but one pike — not a large one. Further endeavours resulting in nothing, we paddled about the pond, visiting the others. William Tew had secured a 6 lb pike — a fine-looking fellow, also some half dozen others. His success induced George to try again, when he caught one. Day wore on and it grew towards sunset. The pond looked pretty. An Indian and his family — it was, as usual, difficult to tell the women from the men — were fishing also, and with little result. The minors of our party had relinquished the more ambitious sport and were now trying for perch. The pond seems well populated by funny people. Paddled back at length, not without labor, getting “snagged” on the sunken trees repeatedly. An

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-10-06

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Nature
Indians of North America


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