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fellows for comrades and entertainers was tempting.   On the other hand there
was the excessive protraction of my ramble, already much longer than contem-
plated, letting work drift for a season &c.     But inclination got the better
of duty, I   who never look half so much as I should do at disagreables
beleaguering the path leading to the desired end, unwisely enough, agreed
to go.        My inviters, (I hade to keep them company, as it proved for
close upon a month,) are these.  Oliver Kellam, a good-looking manly-fellow,
who might sit for a portrait of Tom Jones.  He has brown hair, grey eyes,
white teeth, (which a hearty laugh shows pleasantly,) a hasty disposi-
tion, and curses very energetically when in a passion.   Withal he s a very
frank generous impulsive sort of fellow, who may in life do much good,
or ill.    A Louisianian born, he is ward to a grandfather, and will
be in part, his heir, to plantation and negroes.     He played the devil at
college, then travelled three years in Europe, the East, and Africa,
from which expedition he has not returned over six months.    One of
his companions in this was another of my inviters, Keene Richards.
Rather slender in shape, with a keen face, and full large eyes;   I at
first scarcely noticed his worth, and good claims to respect and liking.  A
just, self respecting fellow, who never swears, drinks naught but temperance
liquors, and controls his temper admirably.  He s a lover of horses,
and has imported three Arabs, with J Ross Browne s  Yusef  to
attend on them, who is now in Louisiana.      Believes in Spiritual Knock-
ings, and that he is a medium.   Altogether you begin by respecting,
end by liking him.       Maurice Keene, his cousin, and the remaining
one of the party, reminds me in many things of George Bolton.  Not
that he has Georges imaginative, melancholy temperament, but in his prac-
tical, every day side.  He is quiet, self confident, self reliant and
shrewd, does things without parade and ostentation, but effectually.   He
is a Kentuckian born, loves his native state with an ardor which is un-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and fifty-four
Description:Regarding accepting an invitation from Oliver Kellam and his friends to accompany them on horseback from Mammoth Cave to Louisiana.
Date:1853-10-04
Subject:Bolton, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Richards, Addison Keane; Slaveholders; Spiritualism; Travel; Yusef
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.