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place of the ones the Mammoth-Cave-destroyed ones, and a big patch in
the rear of my blue-breeks, of a very different color.  However the coat con-
cealed it.        Neat, summery houses about the town out-skirts, with gardens
about them.    Few handsome, stirring stores, with plate glass or decoration; at
least I saw none.            In the Evening with Kellam & Maurice Keene to a
nigger minstrel Entertainment.  Rhymes bedevilling Mrs Stowe introduced.
Also a comment on my beard, the which appeared unique amid the assemblage.
  8 Sunday.    A sweltering, cloudless day, dust thick underfoot, as by
10 we are off again.     Soon Kellam discovers he has left his purse in the
room at the hotel, and turns back for it, bidding us ride on, to be rejoined
by him. We do so, by quiet, hot roads, occasionally meeting a party of
gaily-dressed negroes proceeding townwards.       By 1 o clock we arrive at
a deserted farm house, and in the orchard adjacent prepare for our
lunch.     Keene Richards horse being left untended, he gallops off
retracing the road, his owner mounts and spurs after him; and presently
Maurie Keene after both.      In half an hour they return with the runa-
way quadruped; and soon Kellam appears; having recovered his purse,
and also gone out of his road considerably.   All lunched, then to horse
again.    Big white mare escapes and runs back, pursued by Kellam, who
has her in charge.  Catching her, and being crate he administers a flagella-
tion more energetic than judicious; wherefore the houynhym bolts off over
a broken fence into a big field, and is successively chased by everybody
for an hours space, sometimes caught, but breaking away again. Finally
I caught her, dismounting to do it.        Then on, till sunset, putting
up at the house of a sturdy man hight Smith, who strode up and down
the porch, his pants thrust into his boot tops.      He talked much of  Tom 
Benton; had a copy of Stephen s [Yuentan?], and didn t like it; also nar-
rated his failures in attempting to produce offspring from a certain white
 Jenny , (or female ass) he owned.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and fifty-nine
Description:Describes a stop in Nashville, Tennessee, on his way to Louisiana by horseback.
Date:1853-10-08
Subject:African Americans; Bishop, Stephen; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Richards, Addison Keane; Smith (Tennessee); 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.