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ped up by a stick.     Through this window you entered the room ordina-
rily, as it was easier thus than finding your way up or down by the -
gular staircase.      The landlord was a fat, dirty man with low shoes,
civil withal, and obliging, in his way.       There was a great crowd of people
lived, or took their meals here.            The town was commonplace enough,
ranking perhaps a little under Florence or Tuscumbria.      The time passed
drearily, (Kellam and I drank some atrocious liquor miscalled ale, at at
distant store once   tobacco water and bad vinagar,) smoked bad cigars,
and to bed; finding the occupant of one already in it.
  19 18.  Wednesday.  Now as the door of our toom wouldn t close except
by moving a bed post against it, that is precisely what Maurice Keene
and Keene Richards had done.     So, when some drowsy, boosy, nameless
functionary, (probably a  clerk, ) came to rout out the stranger for
a midnight stage, he could nt open it, at first.  I wan-t Smith! 
said he, and Smith waking; by the flaring tallow candle, began to dress
hurriedly.     Another friend joined  em, and the boosy clerk having let
his short, blackening pipe out, ignited it at the candle; his execrable
tobacco reek, (if indeed tobacco could smell so vilely,) curling over the
heads of Richards & Keene.       It was about 2 in the morning!    After
a little sociable talk, the three went down stairs.     We laughed awhile
then slept.          In the morning, I & Maurice Keene rode on ahead,
Richards staying about telegraphing.       Yellow sand below, blistering heat
above, and wide forest land on either side; tall trees, but little under-
growth.      By I, we pausing in a ravine ate some wretched scraps, our
Pontotocian host had collected from the remnants of breakfast, (I saw
him at it;) and here Keene Richards and Kellam joined us.    On,
wearily, all the afternoon.  Into and through a little village at sunset,
and put up at a man with a Welsh name; I think Llewellyn. He
gave us a good supper, but was a politician, and made Maurice read a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and sixty-eight
Description:Describes a night spent at an inn at Pontotoc, Mississippi.
Date:1853-10-18
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Llewellyn; Richards, Addison Keane; Smith (Mississippi); Travel
Coverage (City/State):Pontotoc, [Mississippi]
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.