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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 107, September 13-14, 1853

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Identifier: DX04035649

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 107, September 13-14, 1853

Description: Describes the people who live on Mackinac Island.

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at the Hospital, and then off sketching. I stayed in the store with [William] Barth all the morning; we taking a ramble together in the afternoon, to the site of Old fort Holmes. From the open space adjacent there is the finest view of the Sugarloaf rock. Rising up above the deep sea of verdure all around it, beyond the woods even to the edge of the steep cliffs, it is a notable rock. Autumnal tints are now perceptible, and the maples foliage prominent. Twinkling bells denoting the presence of some wandering heifer, albeit to us invisible among the green leaves. The beautiful untroubled lake beyond all, and the immeasurable blue above. Hayes & [Alfred] Waud appeared in the evening, and stayed till 9. / The people in this same town or village of Mackinac are I take it snobs and snoblings, little dealers in fish or dry-goods assuming lordly airs touching the “Camp” people. Young fellows, boobyish and insolent looking lounge near store-doors endeavouring to interest themselves in their own existence. Boys who with anticipatory vulgarity shout stupid insult to a stranger. They have no newspaper. Indians scattered about, assembling for the payment. Canadian French folk, dirty, ignorant and stationary. One story I heard is suggestive of much. A fellow robbing his master caused the Mackinippers great bother as to what to do with him. They put him in a sort of lock up, by the “Court-house,” and as he commenced using it up for firewood, brought him up here to the Garrison. Here, in the usual place of detention, he did the same, so Major Williams wouldn’t have him here. So the Mackinippers gave him a suit of clothes & $5 to go to Cheboygan, and got rid of him!

14. Wednesday. Waud came over in the morning, and off sketching. In the store during the morning, reading &c Ike Marvel. History of Pontiac, notable Ottawa chief. All the afternoon rambling out, with

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1853-09-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Great Lakes (North America)
Diaries
Mackinac Island (Mich.)
Nature
Travel
Islands
Indians of North America

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