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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 108, September 14-15, 1853

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Identifier: DX04036547

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 108, September 14-15, 1853

Description: Comments on the autumn scenery at Mackinac Island.

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[William] Barth, observing all the qualities of the isle, and nut-picking to a great extent. Pleasant, sunlit, dreamy, forest paths are there; little leafy nooks where ‘twere pleasant to lie idly throughout the live-long day, watching the trembling of the grass tops, so gently rippled by the sweet Summer’s wind. Where the shadows come and go, and the heavy humble-bee hums about the wild flowers, and the scent of the sweet-briar, incense-like, beclouds the brain with delight. Where the bright green leaves of the arbor vitae rustle with soft delicious music, and thick and bushily spreading grow the hazel boughs. Where premontory Autumn leaves, red, yellow and sere, speak of the approaching death of the Year; sadly, though calmly suggestive of the end of Man’s years. I find this thought, like a low solemn chorus running through everything, the distant booming of that far-off Eternity to which we all drift onwards. Rendered inaudible by the World-squabble and coarse brawling of City-life; away in the beautiful Country, where no screen of hateful houses intervenes ‘twixt God and you, you are ever conscious of it. There’s a great Soul of Melancholy in all deep, heart-felt Happiness. And great Nature with her cabin eternal beut beauty of varying seasons, so outwardly unsympathyzing, yet so kind, ever presents our own Finite to us.

15. Thursday. A bathe in the still Lake during the afternoon, then clambering up the steep cliff-face towards the Arch Rock. From this Lake-side, it is a notable rock to look upon, and its arch varies altogether in shape from the sharp-cut Early English are deservable on the in land side, looking now round-flattened. The smaller arch in the out-jutting

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-09-14

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Islands
Huron, Lake (Mich. and Ont.)
Swimming
Autumn
Great Lakes (North America)
Diaries
Mackinac Island (Mich.)
Nature
Travel

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