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10.  Monday.  During the night it had rained dismally, we had
heard it s patter on the roof.   And this morning a slow continuous
drizzle fell, detaining us for two hours.    Then to horse.    It was a
dank raw day, but no more rain fell, the dust was laid, and as
the day progressed it cleared up finely.        We had much difficulty in fin-
ding our road, and got out of it.   Intending to go to Columbia, we
struck into another and more circuitous route.    Woody and hilly
land; picturesque towards the evening; scarcely did we meet any
travellers.           One farm house-tavern I descended at, to put the
customary inquiries as to whether we could stay there, we found closed.
On to another, along side a pretty winding stream, clear looking, and 
bordered by trees.            Put up at the house of a man yclept Church.
Partook of a dismal supper, sitting at a rough table, placed in a well
ventilated spot.    Most of these houses were constructed after this fashion.
Two rooms, log built, chinks and crevices in plenty; the roof exten-
ding over an open space between; and in this space was our supper
table placed.        Bacon horribly over-cooked, chicken legs ditto, inasmuch
that we only identified them as chicken legs, in an after discussion.   Over
this repast a rigid female, with a tight handkerchief presided, speechlessly
pouring out   what they called coffee.  A horrible preparation, the which
I, as wont drank more of.        The candle flickered in the night breeze,
the hogs about grunted, and we, ending the funeral repast, repaired to
our room, and fire.     Presently the landlord appeared.    He was talk-
ative, and inquired confidentially of Keene Richards  whether he wasn t
going to take them Horses to New Orleans to gamble with  em?  &c.
A bed, presently, Kellam & I in one, our companions in the other.
  11.  Tuesday.   It was dreary, getting up before sunrise, on mornings
like this one; dressing hastily in a breezy room, where the chill air
blew in sharply through the crevices in the logs; then to turn out, and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and sixty
Description:Describes the home of a man named Church in which he stayed a night during his journey by horseback to Louisiana.
Date:1853-10-10
Subject:Church (Tennessee); Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Richards, Addison Keane; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[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.