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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 66, August 14, 1853

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Identifier: DX04090628

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 66, August 14, 1853

Description: Describes seeing Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior, and mentions a man named Abraham Williams who lives nearby.


Amphitheatre, the Grand Portal rock, the Cascades, — all. The boat plashes gaily onwards. Sail The fog still rests on the shores as we win our way westwards. ‘Tis now all purple tinged, and fantastically beautiful to gaze upon. It rests on the lower parts of the cliff, enshrouding them, while their summits rise above it in a long, broken varied line. The water looks now darkly blue black. Grand Island on our right. A large, well treed isle, at which at the sunset, or a little later we stop to “wood.” Two planking pieces are projected out, at inequal angles, for the logs to be rolled adown. I, [George M.] Swan, Lewis, (Fort Huron, man, connected with a paper there) and others ramble out amid ferns and thickets. In the isle has lived for 15 years one Abraham Williams, an old fellow, with wife, daughters and folk. Rumors there are that he committed some amiable indiscretion in the way of murder, and came hither to scape from the grip of Father Antic, but nothing tangible is known. He’s taciturn in talk, saying nought of his orgin. Owns 2000 acres, cultivates but little, and wont sell. Two of his daughters were visited by some of our party, and they were described as comely, lady-like women with well-attired, and with books in the room. Back to the boat, and aboard. Lewis’s description of the fishing at the Saut St Marie, by the Indians. In the rapids with nets. Portages a feature of these lakes. It implies an distraction, necessitating carrying the boat or canoe across. The canal at the Saut, recently commenced will be completed in years twain. The “Sam Ward” had to be carried over. Evening part in writing and talk till 11, then to bed.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Great Lakes (North America)
Indians of North America
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Mich.)
Ojibwa Indians
Superior, Lake


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