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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 82, August 18, 1853

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Identifier: DX04105110

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 82, August 18, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to Godfroy's store in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

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score of savages; they appearing unaffectedly glad to see him, and he a sturdy man in authority here. His store’s interior was rough to view, but spacious and compact enough. A roughly-framed counter running half round the room, shelves and boxes, and matters of traffic. Above, covering half the apartment, and reached by a primitively made Crusoe ladder was another room. I went up. Twas filled with iron ware, pots, pans, boots, clothes, a couch with musquito-net over it in midst of all, and garments hanging about. A red-curtain hung over the entrance by which access was gained. Below again, amidst the crowd, grinning, in-toed, simple savages side by side with keen Anglo-American faces and broad cloth, or pretty women, shawled, fair-faced and Bloomer-hatted. Godfroy, (or “Fond-du-Lac,” as he was more universally called;) was talking in his hard, rough, quaint style, enquiries raining on him from every side. People bother him about Agates to sell, — (there’s been a perfect Mania on that subject ever since we left the Sault, insomuch that I shall be considerably relieved, when everybody’s got agates, or when the Lake shores afford none for ‘em;) — but Godfroy has’nt anything to sell. Rambling out all around. The burial ground. Two or three wooden-crosses, — the dead bodies evidently deposited in very shallow graves, perhaps two feet below the surface and wooded over with shingle. On a rough post his at the head of one, a scalp was drying, coarse brown human hair attached to a piece of dried rusty-red-stained skin. Rambles through the village walking into hut and tent as we listed. Some of the huts were though roughly-enough put together yet weather proof, but the conical tents of skin or bark miserable. The former occasionally

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-08-18

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Ojibwa Indians
General stores
Agates
Cemeteries
Great Lakes (North America)
Diaries
Indians of North America
Travel

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