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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 109, September 15-17, 1853

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Identifier: DX04037445

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 109, September 15-17, 1853

Description: Describes a walk to Arch Rock with William Barth and Thornton on Mackinac Island.


buttress on the left side is low, a steep sloping rocky descent leading to and through it sideways downwards; where with swift dumb-crashing horror would Hayes have rolled, had he stumbled from the Pons Asinorum above. The rock slopes slightly onwards, below the left side of the arch, great cliffs out-projecting and tree surmounted in the foreground. On the other side, ‘tis straight, short rough rock, soon met by the steep sloping cliff, thicket and bush covered, save where the precipitous paths stretch downwards. Part of the way up, seated on fit spot, I took a sketch, [William] Barth scaling the summit and gathering nuts. It was a lovely, tranquil afternoon, the sky blue as steel above, and scarce a breeze stirring the tree tops. So the day drew on; Barth’s wife [Maria Barth] & mother in law [Mrs. Gardner] appeared above for a space. Fort-wards, through the still trees, long shades and sunset light, and an evening in doors.

16. Friday. At the store with Barth during the forenoon; a solitary ramble during the afternoon, enjoying the luxury of being alone. Lying on the tall cliffs by the Folly Rock, looking on the lake a hundred feet below, the roll of surf breaking along the shore. Returning at sunset, met Barth & Thornton, and with them to the Folly Arch Rock. Out on the summit of the huge buttress to the right, (looking from in-land,) from whence the Arch springs; a bare, path like space, wild trees and bushes fringing it, below which is the awful precipice sheer down, or overhanging. In doors all the evening. Waud and Hayes appearing, stayed the evening. Matagrabolized.

17. Saturday. A wet misty day, after a night with such a storm I scarcely ever have witnessed its like. For three hours did the

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Islands
Great Lakes (North America)
Mackinac Island (Mich.)


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