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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 106, September 11-13, 1853

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Identifier: DX04034750

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 106, September 11-13, 1853

Description: Describes walking to Lover's Leap and Devil's Kitchen on Mackinac Island.


Rock, the girls being with us. Hayes, a little quaint-speaking Londoner walks over the Arch, sticking out leg and miming as he does it. [Alfred] Waud partly crosses, and — turns back. Pursuing our walk we returned by nightfall, & they left us, returning to Logan’s.

12. Monday. Down the town with [William] Barth. Inasmuch as no-beer was procurable for the Store, Barth closed it, or left it in charge of Thornton at 11, and together we rambled over to Logan’s; and with Hayes and Waud had a bathe. Dining with them afterwards we then rambled along the cliff and beach, just past the Lover’s Leap, to a natural Excavation in the rock yclept the “Devil’s Kitchen.” It is some ten or twelve feet above the rock-beach, and only to be approached by ascent up the loose bare trunk of a tree, stepping from little knot and bough upwards, a very Zoological, Ursine proceeding. Passing through a circular opening, you then sit encaved, and slightly dirtied. In the holes and crevices are many smooth loose rock tablets on which folk here have black-lead-pencilled their names. To these we seriously apply and incline ourselves, affixing to them inscriptions and comments; also writing any amount of incongruous autographs. Waud below, sketches. Descending, to the Lover’s Leap, the most notable rock on the Island. Clambering up a precipitous pathway to the rear, we find a rude ladder leading to the hinder part of the summit. Ascending it, after a little crawling you can look down on tall tree tops, rocks and the beach and beating surf feet below. A forest ramble, I reading the last “Bleak House” published in Harpers. To the Hospital, and Waud & Hayes left. A book talk and conversational evening.

13. Tuesday. Walk down the town with Barth; Waud called

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Great Lakes (North America)
Mackinac Island (Mich.)
Books and reading


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