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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 83, August 18, 1853

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Identifier: DX04106016

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 83, August 18, 1853

Description: Describes a peace pipe he received from Godfroy.


had glazed windows, or matted carpeting. Old women would be crouched, or lying inside, or squatted smoking in a circle outside, at the tent-opening. One repulsive old lady with frizzled hair had negro blood in her. While gazing at the group in which she formed one, the Livermores came up. The brother began to talk with them, and the pretty sister with the curls [Bertha Livermore] shook hands with three or four saying a few musical Chipeway words. It was a unique and picturesque scene. The straw-bonnetted and neatly dressed, pretty Michigan girl and the wrinkled, brown visage laughing old squaws. Meantime great traffic is being driven. One enthusiastic gentleman gives $10 for a pickle-bottle full of small agates; another pays $5 for a big one. Pipes are bought, and reft from Indian mouths at twenty-five cents each. I, as promised that morning by Godfroy, get a pipe which at once renders me the envy of all. A long ash-tube, Indian carven, and painted; a huge long red-stone bowl, (fashioned on one side to a savage representation of a human face), pewter braced and lined. Godfroy would’nt take money for’t. I got the history of it anon, from a man who lived two years at this spot, as Government blacksmith, getting $600 a year for plying his trade here, a chief Chin-gook, it had been smoked as pipe of peace, on more than one occasion of import. / More rambling about, and then the bell bids us all aboard, save three, and our friend Godfroy. One of the three is young [Thompson P.] Mc Elrath, who inspired by the notion of crossing to St Paul, head of the Mississippi, some 150 miles westwards; has resolved to accompany ‘em. I fancy

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Ojibwa Indians
Great Lakes (North America)
Indians of North America


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