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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 89, August 19-20, 1853

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Identifier: DX04111454

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 89, August 19-20, 1853

Description: Describes learning about his fellow travelers on board the Sam Ward, including a newspaper editor from Cincinnati.


the sandy shore as magnificent, a huge Inland Sea bursting at once in view. The two Indians got very drunk below, or sleepy, I know not which, for I found ‘em reclined on the forepart below, blanket enwrapped. Rumours in the earlier part of the evening that the Steward has been left on shore, and is lost. So a boat is dispatched to recover him and the unloaded coal, but the former is discovered reclined in his berth. A New Haven doctor has got a big bottle nigh full of balsam from the expeditions. Also in a smaller bottle a remarkably ugly, furry, reddish, viscous minute bat, looking like a hybrid ‘twixt a flitter-mouse and a tree-toad, which is exhibited to the admiration of every body. I suggest they should drop spots of red sealing-wax all over him, and that he should be forwarded to [P.T.] Barnum; which is however bettered by the universal admission that Barnum’s intellect would “fix” him to better advantage. Long talk with a black-bearded, very American looking Cincinatti Editor, (of the “Sun,”) who I, after some time was considerably amused to discover a Derby-shire born Briton. He like Ulysses has endured much. Has been a peddler, a gravedigger, tended stores, mended windows, sold newspapers, given travelling lectures, nearly got lynched on suspicion of Abolition, and much more, — a much enduring man, possessing sound common sense. Singing in the aft part of the boat, to [George M.] Swan, and girls. Dancing, and music. Talk with girls &c. Writing amidst all sorts of clamor, and abed by 1 o’clock or near it.

20. Saturday. By an hour after breakfast we are moving off, have left the green banks and little bayous behind, and are again on the waters of the giant Lake. A steamboat is descried after off, and

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Superior, Lake
Ojibwa Indians
Fond du Lac River (Wis.)
Great Lakes (North America)
Indians of North America


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