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7  Friday.    An hour s riding brought us into Tenesee.   Few ad-
ventures I can recall to mind of this day.  We took our homeopathic
lunch in a deep ravine, behind a roadside hotel, riding the horses
down a hazardously steep path, to where was a little spring.  On the
road again, which now lay through noble scenery, winding round hills,
mighty forest trees above and filling all the wild hollows below. At
a turnpike, the collectress asked, queerly enough  What did you pay last
place, Stranger?     Stopped at Gooderichville, little place, hotel,
clean and comfortable.   Newspapers from south here, with accounts of
the horrible prevalence of Yellow Fever everywhere.   This was
the first time I d thought of it; though knowing rightwell of its ravages
in New Orleans, up the Mississippi bans, and   all through the
country where we were going.     Unacclimated folk had been warned not
to risk it;   true we intending no passing through any infected town,
but was it not part of the atmosphere s effect?        However at this
date I thought little about it,   not thinking how the Horror grew
as we approached it
  7.  Saturday.   Blistering hot weather, roads covered with blin-
ding dust.   Long ago I d got over my bad horse-manship, and as the
journeyed continued became a pretty decent Centaur.   Into Nashville,
Tenessee s capitol by an hour after noontide.     Over a handsome susen-
sion bridge into the town; the remains of a former one, in the shape of
two ruinous towers rising from the waters, at a little distance farther
down.     The City, a handsome, hot one, was lazily busy, it being 
market day, and certain races in progress.   We put up at the City
Hotel; a large, pretentious, ill-kept one.    Great onslaughts made on
Keene Richards and Kellam for the object of selling or buying horses,
ineffectual.    After dining, (after the regular hotel dinner,) strolling about,
doing divers matters, and surveying the town.      I got a pair of boots, in
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and fifty-eight
Description:Describes his journey by horseback through Tennessee on the way to Louisiana, and comments on the threat of Yellow Fever in the South.
Date:1853-10-07
Subject:Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Richards, Addison Keane; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Nashville, Tennessee
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.