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the floor or chairs.
  18.  Tuesday.  Through country bearing pleasanter impress of culture,
and by spacious cotton fields, the full bolb of the plant bursting with the
white staple of the south.   Now and then mighty cedars, some of which
of amazing size and growth, I had noticed in the horrible swamp of
last night.   Through another we rode this morning, solemn, sombre
verdure all around, no sun glance gladdening it. Tall cane rising
from the pools and rank marshes.    It was chill and dank, passing
through; and I was glad to get to sunlight again.   My bones felt
as though they had lain steeping in swamp water for a century, and
excepting in the broad, hot noon, or by blazing fire-logs, I never felt
thoroughly warm for the remainder of the journey.   /     By an hour past
noon we found a pretty place to feed in, a forest patch by the road-
side.   I rode back to a farm house for a bucket of water.   We had
a substantial dinner that day, having brought from Harrisburgh, not
the customary scraps and remnants, but the chickens.     After pelting
a drive of hogs who gave greeting chorusses all around, we got to horse,
and rode on through the hot afternoon; and into Pontotoc, by 4.
Here we put up at the hotel, Mr Richards being desirous of telegraphing
To Florence about Peytona, also to Vicksburgh about the yellow fever,
at Lake Providence.      The Telegraph Operator had a little room next
the hotel, where he sat, greatly admired of the Pontotocians.     He had
dismal stories to tell of the yellow fever; of it prevalence far and wide on
the Mississippi and Yazoo region.     That a former operator at Vicksburg
had telegraphed  good-bye  to all, taken to his bed and died. With much
more.  /      This Pototoc hotel was a dirty, random sort of place.
They put us in a shattered room with three beds in t, a stranger oc-
cupying one.      The plaster of the walls had fallen in various places, there
was a dirtheap in the fire place, an uneven floor, a broken window prop-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and sixty-seven
Description:Regarding fears about yellow fever at Vicksburg while riding to Louisiana by horseback.
Subject:Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Richards, Addison Keane; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Pontotoc, Mississippi; Vicksburg, Mississippi
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.