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pieces,) and very equivocal coffee.     The host and his wife officiated sitting at
either end of the table, and a nigger woman head in handkerchief passed things about. 
The host
would ask in a hard, loud, distinct tone  Will you have    this or that, on
the table.   His wife said nothing, and little conversation passed; what little
being of the roads, and crops.      Supper over, we trooped back to the fire,
and there I sate, winking in the blaze, and feeling as if each bone had been care-
fully disjointed.         There were two other guests, hard-featured men
in blue-blanket, long coats, but they soon disappeared.         All to bed in an hour s
time, mine being made upon the couch.
  6. Thursday.   Roused by the fire-kindling at day-break.  Breakfast and
packing done, we rode the horses to a stream adjacent, watered them, then through
it.    It was deep enough to involve a little wetting, and some difficulty, the
mares pulling at the ends of the halters, and some pawing and plashing. Through
the town of Bowlinggreen and onwards along high roads we continued, still
in Kentucky all throughout the day.   A rolling country, hills in the distance.
Turnpikes and tollage for quadrupeds.       We took our matin meal much
as yesterday, but should have disposed of it with one bite each, so scanty was the
 snack  put up by our last nights hostess, had it not been for a good natured
mistress of a house where Kellam applied for milk.   That she gave, refusing
payment, also a huge fragment of pie.    On which her little boy was presen-
ted with 25 cents./   Inquiring our way at a place late in the afternoon, we
were also inquired off as to whether we had seen the house s master who had
gone in chase of certain burglars who had broken into the domicile, stealing a
considerable sum. /    The Grey mare made an essay at leaving the party, and
received a drubbing at the hands of Master Keene.   Stopped this night at
the house of an old farmer yclept Major Duncan s.   Wife, and a large
family.  All very interested about the pipe stem, also the Holy land, and
Jerusalem localities, it being discovered how two of the party had been there.
Rather sociable, but   put us up a dismally scanty feed for the morrow.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and fifty-seven
Description:Describes his journey by horseback from Mammoth Cave to Louisiana.
Date:1853-10-05
Subject:Duncan (Kentucky); Duncan, Mrs. (Kentucky); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Richards, Addison Keane; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Bowling Green, 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.