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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 114, September 20-21, 1853

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Identifier: DX04117803

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 114, September 20-21, 1853

Description: Describes his departure from Detroit on the steamboat, Cleveland.


Back to the “National” & farewell to Campeau. All the evening either & the [Detroit] Tribune Office or Hotel. Got my baggage from the Waverly & put up at the National. Introduced to many persons, & had quite a circle of pleasant Michigan folk made known to me.

21. Wednesday. After breakfast (in the usual royal style,) met Wall, and to his residence, where he gave me specimens of copper &c. Parting went to Tribune Office, and read the New York Papers of Monday. More introductions, ad libitum. A walk to the Pacific, and [Sam] Ward’s Office, no one I knew there. To [J.S.] Newberry’s, & then to dinner. Most of the afternoon at the Tribune Office, after partaking of a bottle of champagne with [George E.] Pomeroy & [Henry] Barns, in the room of the latter, (opposite to mine, & by the bye, the same one where [George M.] Swan invited me to brandy & water in.) Sent guitar strings & letter to [William] Barth. Evening talking with Frisell &c and at length the omnibus is at the door for the Cleveland boat. In reply to my inquiry for bill I got a polite bow & a shake of-the hand from the proprietor, Benjamin. “Good byes,” and “Farewell to you all gentlemen,” and I am jolted off, and fifteen minutes brings me to the Cleveland. A very handsome boat. One of Ward’s line. Here I find Brown the Pacific steward, got introduced, present a letter from Pomeroy, and am shewn into a handsome state room. A long talk with a projective Down easter, here convassing for book selling, who after endeavouring to get one as an agent, on hearing of my Lake Superior trip, immediately proposes a gigantic panorama, I to lecture to it. I shew him stones & specimens, & have quite a little crowd of lookers on, in the luxurious lady’s Saloon. Finally all quit, I wrote the last three pages, and now, to bed.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Copper
Superior, Lake
Lectures and lecturing


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