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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 102, August 31-September 9, 1853

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Identifier: DX04031159

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 102, August 31-September 9, 1853

Description: Describes the scenery at Mackinac Island, Michigan.

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clambered over, but as the boy spoken of by Sam Weller said touching learning the Alphabet, ‘tis scarcely worth the trouble.

Another time, one lovely sunset I with [William] Barth, his wife [Maria Barth] and three of her sisters, strolled to the Sugar Loaf Rock, passing by Skull Cave, — a place where Alexander Henry was concealed by a friendly Indian after the massacre of Michillimackinac, — & where he lay on a pile of human bones, — (I crawled in part of the way, — it don’t go far.) we came to the monstrous conical rock, rising up some sixty feet, forest trees all around it almost blockading it to the view, below. Stunted firs and trees grow upon it; it has little caverns and holes in its rough limestone sides, one of which is reached by a rustic ladder. It may be fifty feet wide, twenty thick. The Sugar Loaf shape is distinct enough on one side, but altogether lost elsewhere. ‘Tis a notable rock, and seen from rising ridges in the beautiful island, appears to issue grandly up from the verdure engirdling it in most picturesque manner. / A bathe I & Barth had, in the Lake that Sunday afternoon, enjoyable though chill.

September.

From Thursday the First, to Friday, the Ninth. Passed as heretofore, with variations. Six Lake Superior letters have I now completed, duly dispatching them New York-wards. No 1 has reached me in print. Some eight or ten Picayune cuts also, having now used up all my box-wood. Certain, though not numerous evening walks with Barth; and on Sunday, with him, his wife,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-08-31

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Fort Mackinac (Mackinac Island, Mich.)
Great Lakes (North America)
Diaries
Mackinac Island (Mich.)
Travel
Fortification
Superior, Lake
Caves
Indians of North America
Nature

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