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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 100, August 22-31, 1853

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Identifier: DX04029363

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 100, August 22-31, 1853

Description: Describes his arrival at Mackinac Island and meeting William Barth and his wife, Maria, at the fort.


Mission House, the hotel of the place, as inducements to such folk as stay here. [Frank] Hillard, Shattock, his Pittsburgh $1000-losing friend, and others disembark. I shake hands with half a dozen, hearty [George M.] Swan, [Frank] Noble and others, good old Mr Greenwood bids “God bless me!” and off I am, to the right, then up a marvelously steep path cliff surmounting to the Fort. Entering its archway I find Livingston, (whom I recollect whilome at Governor’s Island,) who walks with me to the end of the quadrangle, where [William] Barth issues forth, and gives me hearty welcome. Into a spacious comfortably furnished room, where soon his wife [Maria Barth] appears. A tall, pleasant faced girl, but 17, with bright brown hair, and blue eyes, her voice tranquil and musical, involuntarily suggestive of [Charles] Dickens “Milly” in the Battle of Life. Christmas Story, the Haunted Man, or Ghost’s Bargain. There’s a quiet beauty and innocence in all her ways, most pleasant to look upon. He has done right well in this marriage, and his wife, spite of little violations of grammar, is a truer lady than his mother [Sarah Wheeler Barth] in England. Lack of Education can be supplied and could never make so happy a home as a loving heart & home feelings. I’d marry Imogen, if she talked like Mrs Gamp. Talk, and ale, till far into the night, and then I went to sleep on a bed improvisatized on the sofa-couch.

Unto Wednesday, the 31st of August. I must put all together, having gotten in arrear. A pleasant tranquil time have I passed, though but little stirring abroad. A letter from Dillon Mapother, dated Joliet, nigh to Chicago arrived, urging me to go thither. Barth writes to Alf Waud, bidden in reply to him, concocting a flam that I, from Fond du Lac, with [Thompson P.] Mc Elrath

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fortification
Fort Mackinac (Mackinac Island, Mich.)
Great Lakes (North America)
Mackinac Island (Mich.)


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