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before it the Cooling Tub, a water filled basin, deep and long enow
for a bathe.    The Cinder Banks, a mass of cinder-like heap, dark
colored, just below the Forge of Vulcan, above.     Lake Purity ends
this Avenue.   Tis a clear, fresh water pool, shallow, but 12 or 15
feet in length, and in its pure waters swims a solitary eyeless fish,
here brought from the Echo River,   the most solitary thing I fancy in
this world; equalling I  the Man who first discovered himself to be
an Atheist.      This Avenue extends for about the space of a mile from
the entrance from the Main Cave.                   And now, retracing our
steps to the Deserted Chambers and Richardson s spring, we there took
dinner, the basket containing which having, this time, been hung from a projecting
rock ledge, was unapproachable by the rats, two or three of which we saw
as we sate, eating.   They ran about in side holes and winding crevices, and
though assailed by Stephen were uncaptured .   Mutual cigars finished our
meal, and lights approaching soon intimated another party, under the convoy
of guide Alfred.  A clergyman and his wife, from the banks of the Hud-
son, another woman, and two or three men .  They wished for Stephen s com-
pany, but he after some hundred yards and a latin quotation or so, turn-
ed back towards daylight and the upper world, I keeping on with the
party.   Nothing new was however visited, excepting a low arched cave
adjacent to, (if I recollect rightly)  Penseco Avenue, where crawling
under for some space, we procured pieces of ochre.
     At the Cave Hotel by 4 in the afternoon, quite a party assembled
around the well furnished supper table.    Mr Miller, the landlord, had
returned, a true gentleman, quietly courteous in everything, and to an accurate
knowledge of the Cave equaling that of any Guide adding much and varied
information far above their dubiously reliable traditions.  There are four guides,
all niggers, three of them are still slaves, but will all, by Croghans
will, sooner or later be transmitted to Liberia, whither Stephen will
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and forty-three
Description:Regarding the slave guides at Mammoth Cave owned by Dr. Croghan.
Date:1853-10-01
Subject:African Americans; Alfred; Bishop, Stephen; Croghan, Dr.; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mammoth Cave (Ky.); Miller (Kentucky); Rats; Slavery; Slaves; 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.