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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 96, August 20-21, 1853

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Identifier: DX04025774

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 96, August 20-21, 1853

Description: Regarding the Livermore family disembarking from the steamboat, Sam Ward, at Copper Harbor, and a talk with Detroit man about copper mining.


six feet in length. A beautiful night, stars bright clear and cold. On for half an hour. Copper Harbour, where the Livermores disembark. A good grasp of the hand of the brother, a smile and half laugh from pretty Eugenia [Livermore], a little hand-pressure from brown eyed, daintily curled, demure, lisping Bertha [Livermore], and they pass off — for Evermore. Pleasant Michigan people how much I’ve learned to like you in one brief week, and how I can fancy the quiet, good home you have in these wild shores. One of the ten thousand reasons I have to be glad of about this travel is that I’ve seen how little New York is America by it. How many frank, well-informed men have I met aboard this boat too. Assuredly more than I should find in English country parts. I do honor this great country, and the more, day by day. / A bit of a ramble on shore with [Frank] Hillard, the Aurora Borealis faintly seen, up streaming from the northern horizon.

21. Monday. Stretching off due eastwards for the Island of Michipicotten, a brisk gale blowing chill and strong, naught to be seen but tumbling billows. Thermometer down to 53. Talk with a shrewd New York born, Detroit inhabiting man anent the copper mining, in detail. Of the ancient mines found, to the extent of perhaps thirty, with employments, the work of an extinct people. Indian tradition mentioned by [Douglas] Houghton, of a fight nigh Portage lake in which this people may have been conquered and exterminated. Not the Norsemen who came hither ere the Norman conquest tower at Newport. for their minings, by trench, not shaft, were much ruder than that of the races of the European shores. / Stories of bears entering the miners provision stores, devouring provant, one biting the heel of a sleeping

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Great Lakes (North America)
Mineral industries
Indians of North America
Superior, Lake


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