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forests above lies the unspeakable beauty of White s Cave.  Well now
can I understand the inspiration which produced Bird s  Merry the Miner.  /
Hanging our lanthorns behind the central screen, the effect was
indescribable.   On the crowded, spear shaped, transparent rock icicles the
light glistened, on the great down-hanging stalactite masses which meeting
in marriage-petrification with the Stalagmites below form strange columnar shapes;
on the pools and thin rock curves of the floor, on distant hollows where
stalactites dimly seen beyond stalactites indicate inaccessibly minute winding 
ways;   wondrously beautiful, all.       /             Towards the farther parts
of the Cavern, these features become fewer, rough cave above and below,
and an ascent over loose rough rock-masses, rather steep has to be effected.
Stalactites and Stalagmites, appear again, if I recollect at the end, though
of no very extraordinary size or beauty.    /                   Returning to the
Hotel, (where our clerical friend had been favouring the folks with a sermon
in the big ball room above;) we dined; and an hour so subsequently set off
on horseback, under the guidance of Alfred to explore Long s Cave, at
about five miles distance.     Stephen was sick, having complained of indisposi-
tion during the last day or two.   Alfred, having admitted he had been in the
Cave in question once before, consented, though a little unwillingly, (indeed the
good fellows do have enough of troglodyzing o  week days;) to accompany me.
Kellam was persuaded to go to, though not intending exploring, but only awaiting
us.     He, having seen the Mammoth Cave to his satisfaction, was tarrying
the advent of two friends, from Georgetown, Kentucky, then to proceed with
them, and certain mares down south, by land, to his Louisiana home.
And we had not countered above a mile and a half ere we met them, so
he turned back, accompanying his friends, I keeping on with Alfred.   It was
a sunny, exhilarating afternoon, and pleasant riding through the forest road.
despite rocks and consequent joltings.     Alfred drew up and tarried
for half an hour at a farm house, where his wife was visiting; and when
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Describes a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
Date:1853-10-02
Subject:Alfred; Bishop, Stephen; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kellam, Oliver; 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.