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on the other side of Purgatory, a rough rock passage which we might
have reached by keeping on, the exploration might still have been effected.
But the boats were visibly here, and we couldn t have got one across to 
Echo River. So my exploration had yet to be deferred.      We freed the sub-
merged boat with some difficulty, and then after some gettings out on mud
banks in the Great Walk, returned, and disembarked.    The day was
yet young and I therefore determined if barred access to the subterranean world
beyond these black pools, to explore more fully on the other side.   So to the Bot-
tomless Pit we sped, this time issuing at an opening into it some distance below
the former one.   Here, sitting on a monstrous projecting rock chaos, the black
void below did we converse and smoke sociably, Stephen romancing out a little
touching his discoveries, risks and adventures; how he had clambered, descended,
and explored, being veritably the Columbus of the Cave.  Anon he fell to
renting and rummaging at a hole in the rock floor, and telling me how there
were fearful pits and hollows of unknown and unascertainable depths on every
side of us, he with attentive, earnest look, pitched a stone downwards.
 Listen!  said he    did you hear how far it went?    About five feet, I
should say!  quoth I.    He attempted denial, and repeated the experi-
ment again and again, but I was still stubborn in speaking my conviction.
So with more routing the crevice was at length cleared of the loose stones
which had blockaded it, and half-burying his body in the essay he managed
to pitch a stone in.   In the dead silence I listened intensely, and heard
it go knock! knock in its progress downwards, decreasing in sound at
each leap, till it had passed out of hearing, nor yet reached the bottom of
that awful fissure, which might have reached to the earth s centre for aught
I knew.    Twas a very successful bit of the horrible,   knowing the whilst
that you were over this pit, on certain rock masses which had, earth-
quake shaken, tumbled into their present condition.         There is also a
winding tortuous avenue by which you can get to the bottom of the Bottom
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and forty
Description:Describes a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
Date:1853-10-01
Subject:African Americans; Bishop, Stephen; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mammoth Cave (Ky.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Kentucky]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.