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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 70, August 15-16, 1853

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Identifier: DX04094246

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 70, August 15-16, 1853

Description: Mentions a talk with Godefroy on board the Sam. Ward about his life spent trading with Native Americans in Michigan, and the arrival at Ontonagon.


larly beautiful. Rain continues. I talk in my cabin with Lewis & [Thompson P.] Mc Elrath. Latter Former tells me how little copper is to be found in “Copper harbour,” no works now, there. At supper, I sat next the Font du Lac Man, Godefroi, and get him talking of Indians. He has a just estimate of the contemptible red man. Has spent 10 years at the extreme west of Lake Superior, trading with Indians, and now is resolved to abandon it, for civilization. Knows half a score of Indian tongues, and is a character. Promises to narrate his life, for my benefit. Folk are dancing in the aft cabin. We’re now at Eagle Harbour. Houses, an hotel, night and rain. Tis said we tarry here till morning, but erroneously so. Abed by 9.

16. Tuesay. Heard of matters occurring last night. How, a poor Frenchman had been taken aboard, his comrade having been swept over from fishing boat in last night’s squall. How the sun must have gone down to him. By the end of breakfast we were close upon Ontonagon, the place of most import on the Southern slope of Superior. All behind, some miles on the copper mines. Here was found, on the Ontonagon river the two ton mass of copper alluded to by Disembarking, after much delay, owing to the shallowness Claude Allouez. of the water; (the Ontonagonites want an appropriation of & from congress to remove a sand-bar, vastly;) we reached the shore in boats. ‘Tis a flourishing place, considering its location. Unfinished pier, and large stones. With Lewis & another, after purchasing mineral specimens, for a 1/4 mile walk along the lake shore, backwards, to an Indian encampment. There arriving, we found an Indian breakfast party. An old squaw, squarely

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Ojibwa Indians
Great Lakes (North America)
Mineral industries
Indians of North America
Superior, Lake


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