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dreary  Message  of Governor Quitman.  I escaped and reclining on
bed went to sleep.   We were now in Mississippi State.        To bed, &
one of the worst I ever experienced.    Twas stuffed with cotton or something
that produced nought by knobs and rope like ridges.     I couldn t sleep,
and lay uneasily twisting round, looking up to the long cracks and the sky
through them, and feeling the night breezes blow in upon me; till I got fe-
verish and a little delirious.   So they told me in the morning.
  20.  Thursday.  I wanted to be off the journey, find my way to Mem-
phis, thence back for Louisville.    But the fellows were so good-natured,
and expressed such disappointment at the notion, I kept on; though not
feeling at all well.     All this day we followed the telegraph wires, through
a sandy and piny country.     Night at Coffeeville, a neat prettyish
place, and clean, well ordered hotel.
  210.  Friday.   Maurice Keene told how he d been questioned as to whether
 we didn t belong to a Circus, and the gentleman with the beard wasn t
the clown?  by a darkey waiter.  (Generally we were taken for drover s,
considerably to Oliver Kellam s indignation.)         This day, we got into a cer-
tain track a friend of Richards  had lain down for him, the which we had
partially intended to follow all the way.        Dined at a farm house.  Rode
on till sunset.   Stopped at a handsomely built house, with garden and grounds
around it.     Inside were books, pictures, carpets, comforts and civilization. The
owners wife was a lady, amiable withal, (albeit she did paint very dubious
water color pictures, from Graham s Magazine; framed about the walls.)
We ate a supper with the feelings of shipwrecked men restored to civilization.
In the comfortable parlor subsequently, talking & I reaching Mat Ward s
Anglophobia book,   a funny business.     Our host, Mr Kumbrough believed
in it greatly, however.
  22.  Saturday.  It rained during the night, and towards morning; but
cleared off by 9.    The road again.   Through Carollton and Granada
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and sixty-nine
Description:Mentions his wish to leave his companions on their horseback ride to Louisiana and take a train back to New York, but he changed his mind at their disappointment.
Date:1853-10-19
Subject:African Americans; Circus; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Kumbrough; Richards, Addison Keane; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Coffeeville, Mississippi; Carrollton, Mississippi; Granada, Mississippi
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.