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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 91, August 20, 1853

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Identifier: DX04113268

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 91, August 20, 1853

Description: Describes a talk with Frisell aboard the Sam Ward.


sixty years old, with stout, burly form, square resolute face, bold aquiline nose, grey hair and eyes, — a compact self confident man [Frissell]. Commenced life in the army, at 18 as Lieutenant, has travelled surveying, much in Canada &c, has kept record of each day for thirty years, also copies of all business letters and sums. Is well to do, wedded, and has sons & daughters, old as 30. He tells me of his anticipated Amazon expedition, in October. Also that he lent money, some $50 to boy [Thompson P.] Mc Elrath, on the note of hand of another whom he knew a safe man, as young Mc hadn’t $ to do the St Paul excursion. Also that he supposes his determination to go was induced by the past quizzings about the impromptu bath, and dread of reporters in future. / Dinner. Coasting along the northern shore eastwards, and the decks thronged by lookers on. Sitting in the fore part of the boat with Barr, Northberry, the two Livermore girls [Bertha and Eugenia], their mother and brother, idly talking, or looking telescopically or naturally at the wild loveliness of the untrodden Minnesota shore. Mighty ranges of forest crowned mountains, now rising steep rocky and precipitous from the dancing waves of the broad lake to the height of 150 feet or more, now rounded, or sloping away on either side. Little streams, caves and a national bridge. Steep perpendicular slabs of Argillicus slate, ore here and there Cyenite, [unclear word], and trap-range. Little bayous and curves, all beautiful, and wood-surmounted. This for miles and miles under an unclouded sky. Wild birds are seen, solitary looking. On all the glorious afternoon, and at length we are striking out wider from shore, and a long blue line only indicates the shore line. Evening. Dancing going on

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Great Lakes (North America)
Superior, Lake


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