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worse, even to execrability.     We were now but four, woman having gotten
out at Elizabethtown; and were horribly bumped and jolted.   Unnecessary
delays were there also, gettings out and walkings, fast speedings and slow
crawlings, and by an hour after sunset all talk was tacitly dispensed with,
each one ground his teeth in silence, or shifted his position, or bounded aloft
(when a particularly big rock defied the coach wheel,) with muttered oath or
groaning ejaculation.     I dozed during alternate bruisings, which occurred
about thrice during a minute .   By midnight, and not before the ac-
cursed ride came to an end, and we were at Bell s Tavern, where
quitting the ever-memorable Nashville stage, I & Dr Brodmax, (who
has decided on one visit to the Cave,) put up for the night.
  30.  Friday.  Uprising and breakfasting done, forthwith we enter
the Stage for the Cave.     Through nine miles of leafy loveliness, up 
steep hillsides, through green, wildly luxuriant valleys, all tangled with
wild-vine and creepers, by savage glade and over mountain we jolt
onwards.     But for the atrocious stones in the road, the place might 
have been a dream of Fairy land; the autumnal leaf-turfs, the exquisite
varying shades of yellow, red, purple and black amid the fresh green
around, were indescribably beautiful.   And ever present the red clusters 
of sumach berries, with its not less brilliant leaves.     Nevertheless we
were glad to descry and disembark at the Cave House.    It is a
long, plain building, two stories in heighth, and a lengthy wing projecting
angle-wise from the extreme end.    All around is beautiful woodland,
forest trees and shrubbery; behind, a large garden.    The estate, a vast
one, comprising 1700 acres, belonged to one Dr Crogham of Louisville, 
and by him was willed to certain trustees, by them to be managed for
the behalf of spendthrift heirs, who would with dice, drab, and bottle, have
long ere this, have dispossessed themselves of it, but for want of power.
Mr Miller, the agent here resident, was absent, a brother in law, Coates
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Describes an unpleasant stagecoach ride on the way to Mammoth Cave.
Date:1853-09-29
Subject:Brodnax, Dr.; Coates; Croghan, Dr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Miller (Kentucky); Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):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.