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(for we tread on caverns!) we enter stalagmite, and stalactite decorated
Louisa s Bower.       Post Oak pillar is next, a rare stone-impreg-
nated water petrifaction, up rising and down hanging; and then we enter
the Register Rooms, Old and New.   The whiteness of the ceilings of
these avenues has been villanously smirched and befouled by nobodies names
execated in lamp smoke,   hence their appellation.    Gothic Chapel follows,
an extensive and exquisite mimicry of Architectural handiwork.   Tis a
large elliptically-shaped room, at either end screened off by great stalag-
mite columns; others also, beautiful exceedingly rising from the floor to
roughly ribbed and ground arches, variously lined.  Asses twain, (two-
legged ones) were wed here, once, thinking perchance they did a notable thing,
as if any-body couldn t effect it.      In one of the great Stalagmite columns is
a rough seat, dubbed Wilkin s or the Devil s Arm Chair,   the for-
mer appelation it has from a past owner of the Cave.   Here, (if you let
him,) Stephen will sing Eliza Cook s trash about embalming a chair with
tears and be-dewing it with sighs.   The fellow has a pleasant, mellowish voice,
and uses it indifferently well.     Vulcan s Forge, roughy shaped like 
	one.
  Napoleon s Breastwords, or Scott, or Taylor s Breast-
works, for they were indifferently called either.  I prefer the latter twain, as
I see no reason for giving the Scoundrel Corsican preference over honest men.
A rock embankment, like to military work, of some length.       The Ele-
phants Head, a stalactite mass, thus shaped, sans trunk, dependant from
above, Hercules Pillars, and the Lover s Leap.   The latter,
a sharp pointed rock out-jutting into a black-rotunda-pit is notable to
look upon,   of course no lover ever did jump from it, hence its name.   To the
right, downwards we go through Elbow Crevice, a narrow pass, but
3 feet wide, though 50 high, winding under the avenue we have just left.
(But of this being the avenue I m not certain,   I think there s two here,
and it may be the one leading to the right.)     Bonaparte s Dome, and,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Describes a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
Date:1853-10-01
Subject:Bishop, Stephen; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mammoth Cave (Ky.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[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.