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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 58, August 13, 1853

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Identifier: DX04083396

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 58, August 13, 1853

Description: Describes his arrival at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.


canoe, their tent on shore a mile or so on, and their stakes. Mist and then pouring rain. We are nearing the Saut [Sault Ste. Marie]. I can’t describe how I won old [George M.] Swan’s heart by talk, and certain out’o the way quotations he wanted to hammer out. He himself, is a vigorous, honest, thinker inclining to conservatism & a greater liking for Britain than ever yet I encountered in an American. Wheeler imbibeth pretty freely, without perceptible effect. [Frank] Noble drinketh not, nor plays. By an hour or twain after noon we reached Saut St Marie. The aul oldest settled spot in Michigan. It rained pitifully, and most folks went ashore, and had to tramp for a dreary 3/4 of a mile to where the Sam Ward lay. the portage. Shallows and rapids prohibiting ascent in the same boat. We of the press-gang, with other favored mortals staid aboard to a notable dinner, in great glory with Captain and officers. Then into the village, or city. with Swan. Big lumps of copper lay on the dock not far off. At a Tavern. Snow, shoes and minerals & metals in the bar. Imbibition with Wheeler, who had dined at tavern. Thence to the Newspaper Office & a chat with its Editor & proprietor. A well printed monthly in winter weekly, denoted to the Mining interests of the great lake. Ten pin alley opposite, fellows bol rolling, I dreary, dozing &c. Pitiful rain, and mud throughout. To the “Pacific” again, and I sat talking with Miss Compson, who was alone in the Ladies cabin, Swan with us. 7 o clock or nearly so, Noble saw to our baggage following us, and we to the tavern, awaiting the “train” for the Sam Ward. ‘Twas only a platform, or three two platforms on wheels, running-horse impelled over rail-track. More tedious

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Steamboats
Mineral industries
Great Lakes (North America)


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