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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 103, September 1-9, 1853

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Describes a sailing trip around Mackinac Island with the family of William Barth's wife. Transcription: her [Maria Barth’s] sisters, mother, and father-in law, on a boat circumgyration around the island. Mrs Gardner, the mother, is a good-looking, dark-glossy haired, deep-blue eyed Englishwoman; with good-sense a will and temper of her own. Left a widow by the death of her husband, band master in the English Service, she had struggled bravely for her children, slaving as only women will slave, and in minor degree making slaves of them, or rather the eldest. But despite all surrounding influence, the woman has brought up these girls right well, albeit severely, resolved that though stripes were needed to keep the Devil out, he should be kept out, and they should be good and pure, as I believe they are. Her present husband, is a sober, sensible American. They’ve tried certain years of Iowa farm-life, then Florida, (he in the service,) where [William] Barth first met his present wife, she attending “school,” which he kept; then Governors Island, then here; and anticipate return to the South. The girls are all home-loving, and though not educated, good; one, Violet, or “Dory,” as they call her, a girl of fourteen, pretty, coquettish and fun-loving. / With all these pleasant folk we breezily coasted round little Mackinac in the bright Sunday afternoon. The little town, it may have 200 houses, with the Fort high above it, the tall rock, hight Robinson’s Folly, (justly so called from a two...
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