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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 53, August 9-11, 1853

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Identifier: DX04078880

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 53, August 9-11, 1853

Description: Describes his arrival in Detroit and meeting George M. Swan, the editor of the Columbus Elevator.


which my cabin branched. Two life preservers hanging up, snug shelf berths, with white sheets &c a door window looking out on the broad waste of dark water, and a great cloud of smoke drifting off from the steam boats tunnel, — that was what I saw, and soon was in deep dreamless slumber.

10. Wednesday. Up, around, and lively. Breakfasting in style, strolling about noting everybody. Pretty girls there were, some, many quite other than pretty. Poor emigrants breakfasting roughly enough mid boxes and lumber below. Farmer men. Well dressed, cosmopolitan Americans. A hot, lovely day, Erie lake a bright green. Reading, dozing, some, but very little talking; then noon; and past it. Dinner, as we go up the Detroit River. Canada shore, flat and tame looking on our right. Detroit by 2 or half past. To the Waverly House, and inquired about Mr [Henry] Hart. He and Dillon [Mapother] off yesterday. Washing &c, then wrote two letters one to Hart at Chicago, one to Barth at Mackinac. Then scoring up the last seven pages of this record. [word crossed out] supper, and a nocturnal walk about Detroit, and bed

11. Thursday. Up, and to the riverside, and called on [E.M.] Ward the steam-boat proprietor, projector of the excursion. There I found also a Mr [George M.] Swan, Editor & proprietor of the Cleveland Columbus “Elevator.” Introduced to him, with all honor. A burly shrewd, well thinking man. Together with Ward to the “Pacific,” his steamboat destined to convey us to Sault St Marie, then to join the Sam Ward. There sitting in the cabin conversing awhile, then I & Swan started off into the town together. I must fain go with him to his hotel, the National, crack place in the town, there to drink brandy with him and talk. We

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Great Lakes (North America)
Detroit River (Mich. and Ont.)


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