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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 55, August 11-12, 1853

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Identifier: DX04080686

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 55, August 11-12, 1853

Description: Describes his journey across Lake Huron to Sault Ste. Marie by steamboat.


[Frank] Noble above. Of the career of [Sam] Ward, how his wife had spun the material for the sail of his first vessel. How he owns 13 now. How he builds vessels at Newport, being the nabot of the place, founds schools, sends boys to ‘em, and employs half the folk. Then about the Lakes. Of [Louis] Hennepin the good priest discoverer. How two frenchmen from Montreal did establish a place for fur-trading and peltries, now Hudson Bay Fur Company’s. How a certain old governor of that Company now alive hath travelled round the world 13, times, and essayed another this year, but gave it up. Of Indians and there ways. Meantime we had stopped at Newport where the “E K Collins” was building. Our Chief’s place of maturity. Fellows gambling below, dollar bills lying on table, $200 changing hands. [George M.] Swan, [Thompson P.] Mc Elrath, Wheeler & another playing, though not for money. I about everywhere. And take the opportunity of a halt to write this, being almost blind with fatigue. Its 10 or 11, and to bed. Just about turning in, when a whimsical incident takes place. Young Mc Elrath who had been drinking and playing “poker” and “Euchre” in the Bar Saloon nigh all day, hearing Elevator “Swan’s” voice on the wharf without, leapt out of window with intent to join him, plunged down into the water t’wixt vessel and dock. Wetted through and hat lost.

12. Friday. All this day crossing Lake Huron. Little to be seen but a boundless expanse of water unbroken by sail or sight. A hot, bright day during all the earlier part, but blowing chill and fresh at night. Much fraternization with everybody. Talks, literary, historic, geologic and universal with Swan. Much matter from well informed, good humored Frank Noble, (who ‘tis said,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Great Lakes (North America)
Indians of North America
Fur trade
Card games
Huron, Lake (Mich. and Ont.)


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