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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 113, September 20, 1853

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Identifier: DX04116896

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 113, September 20, 1853

Description: Describes taking a drive with Campeau around Detroit.


tacled youngish man had travelled in Europe. Much talk of Seward, all being his warm admirers. Breaking up, I parting from Mr [George E.] Pomeroy held my way towards the National, but met the object of my quest Frisell, by the way. Taking my arm we walked onwards towards the “Campus Martins” together. He had been in Ohio, bought in coal mine, & was now busying about it, here. Amazon Expedition is deferred till January. Soon came Campeau with horse & buggy, and stepping in, I am whirled away, about the outskirts of Detroit. Wide avenue like roads, trees around them, snug wooden built houses of all sorts. Southwards, by the side of the beautiful clear Detroit river to an extensive, but now abandoned military fort. Rampart & foss, won semicircles for removed cannon & a near row of stone houses. Backwards, & through and about the thriving, handsome streets. Met Wall. Off northwards, to the little stream, or rather the place yclept Bloody Run, from the terrible ambush fight in Pontiac’s time. Peaceful enough now, with rushes & pods, shanties, pigs & a few Irishwomen about. Before us lay, above, spacious well treed Hog Island, owned by Campeau & two or three members of his family. There are important fisheries there, & two weeks from hence the season commences. Huge nets, miles long for the capture of white-fish, packed then & sent to Chicago & the west. Campeau is a good-looking, fair haired, pleasant humored young man, of French descent, most friendly and agreeable. To a race course, where trotting &c is done, to an Inn and stables adjacent, where were beautiful sleek race-horses, so washed, nursed, brushed & tended, so snugly lodged, that but for the moral of Dibdin’s High Mettled Racer’s end, one might have envied them. Notable horses, of race & blood were they.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Mineral industries
Detroit River (Mich. and Ont.)


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