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still road.     At length day gan down drearily on our left, in blotches of
cold light, soon however to brighten into more cheery aspect.     By 7 we
stop at a road side house for breakfast, which is right welcome, and its
influence all-inspiriting.      My travelling companions are, first a Dr Brodnax
of Russellville, Kentucky, Louiseanian born, and owner of some considerable
number of slaves & a cotton plantation in Alabama.   He is a gentleman, and
well informed.     A Philadelphia born,  Cincinatti-abiding dry goods man, yclept
Burton, (father of him proud to believe himself akin to the good old book-fighter
against blue-devils.)     The other a burly farmer of Kentucky, who had never
travelled on a railroad, and was inquisitive touching them.  Woman, nothing no-
table.     Brightly shone the sun now on the fil fields of indian corn, on
the tall trees, and otherwise monotonous country, as winding along the road
running parallel to the Ohio we reach Salt River.   Here getting out to
relieve our horses, (who had perhaps over-walked themselves,) we proceeding down a
sloping bank, and with coach & quadrupeds were ferried across the river
dreaded by politicians.       Here the road meandering southwards becomes
beautiful exceedingly.     Brave pioneers following in Boone s track, with
rifle and trap, into the  darky and bloody ground  of Kentucky, ( so
called from the Cane and Turkeys then abounding,) found here
in the west part of the state a vast prairie, and streams only fringed by 
tall trees.   And now a second growth has covered it all with thick
forest, on the variously lined autumnal leaves of which the hot moon tide
light of the glorious sun shone brightly.    On the crimson maple boughs
and yellow hickory, an elm, oak, and the blood red berries and leaves
of the sumach; brake, bush thicket and underwood.   Tarrying
to dine at Elizabethtown,   a plentiful but unnescessarily hurried meal,
(but the driver had taken his feed, and therefore had naught to do, but blow
a querulous horn at the portal,) onwards we go, changing horses at
every fifteen or twenty miles.     As the day wore on, the road became
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Describes taking a journey by stagecoach from Louisville into the Kentucky countryside.
Date:1853-09-29
Subject:Brodnax, Dr.; Burton; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Louisville, Kentucky]; Elizabethtown, [Kentucky]
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.