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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 54, August 11, 1853

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Identifier: DX04079783

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 54, August 11, 1853

Description: Describes the start of his journey from Detroit to Sault Ste. Marie by steamboat.


spake of many things & I found he [George M. Swan] had no small acquaintance and respect for English literature, in special the Reviews & Quarterly’s. He denounced the Pilgrim Fathers &c and partially [George] Bancroft’s history, was great of an English Education &c. In fact had, for an American, an Al Anglomania. I talked too, and so well was he pleased with his acquaintance that I must tarry to dinner. Previously we walked out, broiling hot, and he called at the house of General [Lewis] Cass, with the intention to introduce me to the Great Michigander. But the word was he wasn’t it. “He is in” said Swan, as we walked on. So it proved, for on our return, old Cass was sitting at the window, reading a paper. Swan was very irate. Back to the Hotel, noble dinner and champagne in glory. Then I hurried off to the Waverly, paid $1, and with carpet bag was driven to the steamboat. Got my berth, state cabin in fore part of the vessel, two other occupants to come. Soon filled up. Firstly eldery man (Frisell), then young fellow [Thompson P. McElrath], son to [Thomas] Mc Elrath part proprietor of the [New York] Tribune. He came for me with message from Swan, who wouldn’t drink without my being of the party. In the bar, introduced to everybody. Sam Ward, old Captain, father of E.B. Newspaper man, from Buffalo, and Cleveland. Wheeler and another, Great glory and much drinking. Two hours delay, boats starts. Up the bright green, Detroit river, Canada shore low and flat on the right. Lake St Clair, and the Saint Clair river. Introductions & glorifications. Long strips of marsh land, and lonely vessel. Merry talkings every where. Fellows playing Euchre & Poker below in the Saloon. I talking with the Clerk, Frank [Noble]

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Great Lakes (North America)
Detroit River (Mich. and Ont.)
Card games


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