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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 37, September 9-11, 1852

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Identifier: DX01195766

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 37, September 9-11, 1852

Description: Comments on the departure of William Barth for Fort Mackinac.


[William] Barth came at 1. With him to [174] Mulberry Street in the expectation of finding Joe [Greatbatch], but he was not in. Barth leaves for Fort Mackinaw on the morrow. Dined together at the Shades, then after box purchasing at Greenwich Street, to the Lantern Office, where Barth left me. There an hour, desultory dunning [Thomas] Powell for part of the now owing $39. Return to room. Joe came & after an hour or so Barth. Taking revolver to pieces, studying construction &c. To the “Live & let Live” where we supped. Subsequently sitting talking for an hour or twain in the Park, then accompanying Joe as far as Canal Street, back to room. Sitting up talking. Abed about 2, making up one on the floor for Barth. He off in the morning.

10. Friday. In doors working & matagrabolized all day till just at sunset Barth came rushing in, bidding me hurry to the North River with him to witness his embarkation. There we found Beukman and anon Livers came. Barth and his fellow voyager aboard and soon the big steamer began to move, and sitting on a post at the dock end I witnessed Barths exit from the stage, (my stage — every one’s the hero of his own life’s drama;) for ten months. Felt dismal and after an hour or twos work on some blocks Lockington’s boy had brough in the afternoon went to Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch’s. There an hour or two. Wrote letter home.

11. Saturday. Joe and the boys [Fred and Edward Greatbatch] called, being going down to the ship. (Drawing awhile, then to my usual Saturday

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-09-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fort Mackinac (Mackinac Island, Mich.)
Armed Forces


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