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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 68, August 15, 1853

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Identifier: DX04092437

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 68, August 15, 1853

Description: Describes his arrival at Copper Harbor, Michigan, on the Sam Ward.

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at fishing, and then we quit the little harbour. Conference with Captain, [George M.] Swan, and stout Southerner. And big Charts — the British made survey of the Lake [Superior] Buyfield’s being produced, our Captain traces our course, all round. Genessee newspaper man, (whom [J.S.] Newberry privately pronounces a “Jackass,”) inquires whether the points of the Compass laid down indicate the deepest spots in the lake! This individual is awkwardly loud and enthusiastic about things he don’t understand. Will interrupt a good conversation by reading aloud wild passages from Whitney anent [unclear word] Formations &c, clean [unclear word] to the matter in hand. / The deepest part where the lake has been sounded indicated 792 feet, mud bottom. A long talk with the minerollogic Englishman (I’m sure he is one,) touching mining and metals. And with the shrewd, sensible, though rustic looking Lewis, of Fort Huron. He, Newberry & Swan I like, all through. Little islets, of rock are passed, no scenery off [of] any note this morning. [Thompson P.] Mc Elrath is a good tempered, shallow brained juvenile, playeth cards, and reads the “Oxonians,” which I bought, for reminiscences of old Sam Beazley. / Montgomery catches a pigeon, alighting on the boat. A loon, a sort of wild-fowl is seen, and swims away, whereupon Genessee man fetches gun, and engirds himself with lots of belts, and discharges gun valiantly at the low lying conglomerate cliff we are passing. A sunny breezy day, rather warm. Onwards until 6, when we reach Copper Harbour. A few houses, and dock amid very pretty scenery, lake all glass like, and some three or four Indian tents on the Island on the other side. A canoe with Indian in it, and dog swimming near. We disembark, and I with

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-08-15

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Superior, Lake
Navigation
Mineral industries
Birds
Hunting
Dogs
Great Lakes (North America)
Diaries
Ojibwa Indians
Indians of North America
Travel

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