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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.


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.


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


Dates: 1853-08-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fort Mackinac (Mackinac Island, Mich.)
Great Lakes (North America)
Mackinac Island (Mich.)
Superior, Lake
Indians of North America


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