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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 73, August 16, 1853

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Identifier: DX04096961

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 73, August 16, 1853

Description: Describes a talk with Godefroy on board the Sam. Ward about his life spent trading with Native Americans in Michigan around the Great Lakes, and a talk with Miss Livermore.

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would seek him with the information that incendiarism and murder was being plotted against him, unless he stayed it by presents. Next day the varlet indicated would give the same information about t’other. So he thinking it no bad chance to get rid of stock he couldn’t dispose of otherwise, not fearing ‘em a jot, did give ‘em goods. And government has to pay him, deducting monies thus expended from those in future to be paid to the luckless red-skins. This, and much more he narrated, in good, clear, and even elevated phrase, occasionally garnished by downright Saxon execration. He has an educated American wife, speaking highly of her. / Evening. After divers humbugs on Genessee man, getting him to belt and brace himself, and load rife with a wild idea of going ashore to shoot ducks; evening drew on. In the Ladies cabin. Talking for half an hour with pleasant Miss Compston, then went and introduced myself to the pretty girl [Bertha Livermore] with the long curls, whom we took aboard at Copper Harbour. She has brown eyes, bright and sparkling, and well formed aristocratic-sort-of nose, good complexion, petite and slender figure, and was prettily dressed, with delicate little chemisette on a nicely formed bust. Quiet in manner, agreeable and well informed. Her father Doctor Livermore, from the south of Michigan came to this lake shore some three years back, passed by all of them at La Pointe, Madaline Island, (opposite which we are now lying, mist enshrouded.) He has land at Copper Harbor, his son, (to whom he I was introduced by his sister,) is an explorer. Much this pretty girl had to tell me of Indians, and the Mirages. Says they pass the time pleasantly enough in the ice-bound winter months, sociality with the

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-08-16

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Ojibwa Indians
Great Lakes (North America)
Diaries
Indians of North America
Travel
Steamboats
Superior, Lake

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