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white hair at first reminded you of Andrew Jackson.   He was curious to
know my calling.   I told him.   Oh you be an Artist? ah! I under-
stand!   Draws teeth? Adzactly!        Another traveller shortly afterwards
arrived, who was addressed as  the Doctor ,  and seemed well known to the
family.     Old Warren told some queer stories, very suggestive of Alabama
life.    He & the Doctor spoke much of one  Rube , a lawyer, in a
town adjacent.     How he addressed the Judge with  You think yourself
mighty big, settin  up thar , but jest you come down and I ll pound your
head good!     Ah!  said the Doctor  Rube s a horse!    Ah!  said old
Warren  and he s hosses to deal with!      The old man got talking of himself.
How he d  fout  cawding-duels in his boy days.       How, latterly, they d
 run him  for Justice of the Peace.     How he d ordered unlimited whiskey
 red eye , made a speech, and got elected.  But the voters getting drunk, had
got to fighting, whereupon our Justice of the Peace felt the
carnal man stir within him, in emalation.     Said he  I couldn t stand
it, it was a free fight   so I took off old Baptist  (I suppose his coat,)
went in, and knocked down six of  em!          He talked much too of
rattlesnakes, and of a root which was an antidote to them, and believed
that if held over one, it would kill him!       He was a great democrat,
in politics, talked about  Mr Clay  being  our enemy , and believed Van Buren
to be worse than the Devil.           With his quaint, hard way and talk, he was
a Character.
  17.  Monday.   Joined, before breakfast by Keene Richards.    He had
negociated about the horse Peytona, and telegraphed on to New Orleans,
agreeing to give $2000 for the mare.  But telegraph didn t work, so he came
on without ratifying the bargain.   He had on returning to Tuscumbria found
a great state of excitement in that little town.   Certain citizens had slandered
one another about a house of ill fame, one had got a challenge sent him, got
frightened and left the place; six fisty-cuff fights had come off; a gambler
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and sixty-five
Description:Describes spending the night at a roadside tavern in Alabama owned by John Warren.
Date:1853-10-16
Subject:Brothels; Clay, Henry; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Richards, Addison Keane; Travel; Van Buren, Martin; Warren, John
Coverage (City/State):Tuscumbria, Alabama
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.