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and the black rushing river without, were very striking.     One fellow, a
nigger swore horribly, exceeding his comrades in execration, a hard matter.
A talk with the Clerk, and to bed by 10, after a drink with a Belfast
man, who has been taking a scamper over this country.
  28. Wednesday.   Louisville we reached by 2 or 3, but I slept on
till 6 & then left the boat.   Up the bare sloping space, up a street, and
into Main Street to the Galt House, the Hotel of the place.  A large
one, no handsome appearance however, within or without, rather dilapidated.
Breakfast by 7, then after a four minutes talk with Belfast man, (who
was going back, leaving the Mammoth Cave unvisited;) I rambled out to see
the city.   Tis a large, dull one, some fine stores, scarcely any trees,
and no bustle or appearance of activity like unto thriving Cincinatti.   The
 Louisville House , a handsome hotel, 60 window-front, in course of creation.
Got Harper, read the conclusion of Bleak House.   Scarcely such a brilliant
finale as in other of Dicken s books.    Certain minor characters are too sum-
marily dismissed, Madmoiselle Hortense and the Smallweed s for instance. Es-
ther Summerson is the most loveable creature in it.    By the bye, there s a
strange blending of the dramatic and autobiographical in the book.     Dozed
during the afternoon, and another walk, to the entrance of the Canal, by
the river, & leading from it, the noise of the Fall adjacent, (or rather
rapids)  plain to hear.   Back to supper, a little scribbling afterwards.
  29.  Thursday  Being aroused at the unholy hour of 4 in the morning,
dressed by lamp-light in the corner of a huge room, four beds in t, each having
its one or two occupants.  And then after some half hours waiting at the portal
of the hotel, looking out on the chill dark street, into the stage, where were three
others male passengers, and a woman.   Over a hundred miles stage-riding is
before us, and through the streets and outskirts of Louisville we start, dank
morning and gloom about us.   Twas cold and dull, each victim could not
descry his neighbours face, and there was no footfall or sound along the lone
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Describes arriving in Louisville, Kentucky.
Date:1853-09-27
Subject:Books and reading; Dickens, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Louisville, [Kentucky]
Coverage (Street):Main Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.