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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 133, July 10, 1851

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Identifier: DX01033099

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 133, July 10, 1851

Description: Describes a sailing trip taken with Roberts and other men.

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“and the black tempest swilled and gathered up apiece,” Just in time were we to fasten boat and cover up contents, and make a rush for an adjacent hotel pavilion, when down came the driving rain, mid a tornado of dust, covering trees & uproar. All sate under terrace imbibing smashes, sarsaparillas & the like, and thus & in converse passed three hours or so, the storm having been succeeded by a dead calm. Embarkation at length, leaving [Alfred] Swinton & another Engraver, who had but intended a days cruising. Tacking to & fro, now being rowed, towed along by the other boat, but making little progress, till an hours space, when a fair breeze sprang up, and we coasted along in the sunset, looking out for a space where to “camp.” At length, warned by the increasing murkiness of the gloaming a spot is selected; fronting a little bay where the water was of as deep or green as the tall trees which covered the high banks. A few little wooden buildings on our left, behind before us the wide water, and on our right the mass of yellow of deep red and purple barred west. A heavy sullen swell of the water and again overcast sky indicate rain, and scarcely had we got canvass tent &c in shore than it commenced. Fireflies gleaming through the foliage, musquitos buzzing, rain pouring into the tall grass & wild flowers. All busy, fixing the tent ‘gaints an old skeleton of an antediluvian boat, but ribs only, and there so decayed that [William] Roberts tumbled through ‘em with fearful havoc to them & peril to his sconce. Divers aboriginal boys about, and indeed the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness, for they lent hand to and tent tying. No poles were out, but tent was fixed up indifferently well, and ere long we and the aborigines were inside. A little imbibition & converse, the rain plashing dismally outside. A pad of milk gotten & marvellously soon disposed of. Aborigine go off, and the rest, save one play cards as to who’s to cook breakfast in the morn. I be on the damp grass beside & doze though uneasily. Game over, great unrolling of blankets, and placing valases & carpet-bags for pillows, at length all be down, as close as anchovies in a barrel, Lantorn overhead, which ere long in ex-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1851-07-10

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Sailing
Boats and boating
Fireflies
Camping
Diaries
Leisure
Mosquitoes
Indians of North America
Nature
Thunderstorms

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