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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 104, September 9-10, 1853

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Identifier: DX04032954

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 104, September 9-10, 1853

Description: Describes time spent on Mackinac Island visiting William Barth.


till a winding path being reached we pursue it for twenty minutes or so, at length arriving to where, almost hidden by trees, and rising from a mound of earth, decaying leaves & vegetation of which all the soil thereabouts is composed, a great mass of rock appeared, inside which, hollowed out by Nature is a small cave, spacious enough to stand up in, rough, damp and rocky. ‘Tis known as Scott’s cave from it’s discoverer. / Bathing every fine afternoon with [William] Barth, generally below the Folly Rock, sometimes when the surf came rolling in with grand-hollow roar on pebbly beach and rock base, sometimes when only a calm ripple fretted the lake-floor, which clear as crystal showed every stone and rock below. High above, the yellowish white lime-stone rock shews out strongly against, green foliage and untroubled blue sky. Anon a tranquil smoke as we lay rolling in the blessed sun-light, with talk on many things; then back to the Suttler’s store where Barth dispensed beer to thirty German or Irish soldiers, duly crouching the amount consumed to be hereafter paid for when they got paid. I drawing away on Picayune blocks meanwhile; the writing I did over at the [Mission] House, Mrs [Maria] Barth moving silently about her household duties, or sometimes discursively talking, the which might perchance delay my scribblings a little, but was quite the reverse of unpleasing. Evenings, I would light my long Indian pipe, Barth his ollindeen, & we’d talk. Of books, of man, of Earth and Heaven, things past, present and to be A pleasant time surely. Somewhat busier than I’d wish to be, but ‘tis pleasant employ, & little desire have I to cavil at it.

10. Saturday. Having projected a sail-boat excursion to Old Fort Michillimackinac, in company with Barth & one Logan, a Scots-Border born farmer living on the Island; we were about setting

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Great Lakes (North America)
Mackinac Island (Mich.)
Huron, Lake (Mich. and Ont.)
Armed Forces


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