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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 111, September 18, 1853

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Identifier: DX04039242

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 111, September 18, 1853

Description: Describes leaving Mackinac Island on the Pacific.


on the point of fisty cuffs with him [Alfred Waud], out of sheer desolation of it. Tis the lowest thing in the world for a man to pride himself on, the possession of brute, animal courage. I have no drop of cowardly blood in my body I believe, but hold such threats of blows as utterly revolting to good taste, and almost cowardly. / The row however blew over, we all dined, and then the bell of the Pacific was heard. A brief good bye to [William] Barths gentle-faced wife [Maria Bartha], (whom I’ve half learned to think of as a sister,) a call in at the Gardiners, and then I bolt down the steep stairway to the little town & wharf, Barth, Waud & Hayes accompanying to see me off. Heartily sorry was I to say farewell to Barth, — whatever may have been his past escapades, of him it may be said he “has loved much,” and has a rich, human, friendly heart. Very near to me has he drawn during the last four weeks. Much could I write, much shall I think of him, ever with liking & honor. / The rain had ceased, but the fog hung low over Mackinac, as off we start, I in converse with Frank Noble. Through all the rainy afternoon following, and a terribly beautiful storm at night. All the horizon closing in behind us was a vast indigo mass of cloud, in one part strangely ending in a sort of squared arch, beyond which was a pale lurid glare. From the dense parts of the sky momentarily would quiver and danze a huge lightning pyre, spasmodically columner. For hours this continued, the dread thunder rolling and crashing above, and the rain falling like heaven’s wrath. The vessel rolled and pitched, and when I turned in to my berth, (the snuggest of state-cabins) still the storm was at its heighth, and continued raging all the night!

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-18

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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