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you stoop under with a shudder,   a monstrous slab called the Hanging
Rock, sustained only by two points.     Anon an Ugly Hole is espied, named
after the fatal one of Calcutta, but 13 feet deep, though sombre enough
in appearance to be 30.    To the right too, is a rock imitation of a gigantic
Kings crown, the rock mimicry of the ormanents of the golden rigol being
very curious.    And now,   we ve been doing an hours walking, we reach
Hebe s Spring, strongly, and to my thinking, nastily impregnated with
sulphar. Nevertheless being thirsty we drank of it, some copiously.   I
must not forget to mention that the snow white, crystalized gypsum on
the ceilings of some of these caverns give them a prettily fanciful appearance.
Hebe s Spring, to all appearance finishes the Cavern.  But what of this
steep ladder which we have just, with difficulty passed, (for the way is here
horribly narrow,) in getting to the Spring?    Why, up it, you have to go
for 20 feet or so, to new subterranean worlds beyond.    And up it, not
without hard squeezing you mount, the jagged rocks pressing on you all around,
till you scramble into Martha s Vineyard.   Here the roof incrustations
mimic clustering bunches of grapes, carbonate of lime and sulphur drippings
being the materials of this geologic Bacchanal domain.     Olindo Avenue is
next, including Washington s Hall, a spacious and beautiful cavern;
its roof all gemmed with gypsum concretions, rosette shaped, laminated, or
curled into flower bosses, and other curiously exquisite geologic prettinesses; which
can be and are much damaged by the paws of curiosity gapers.   The floor
of this cavern is rough, and rock strewn, and as visitors generally dine here
there are plenty of deposits of mildewed ham, bread and chicken bones.   Also
a foolish pile of stones with dampened fragments of paper and silly names of
sillier nobodies writ upon them.         There is an avenue here, branching off
to the right, leading to a grotto called Marian s Cabinet, with
pretty roof incrustations, and a side Cut, hight the Lover s
Retreat, leading to Paradise.   This amorously named avenue is a tortuous
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and fifty-one
Description:Describes a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
Subject:Alfred; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Mammoth Cave (Ky.); Richards, Addison Keane; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Kentucky]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.