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little towns.       Took our lunch riding.        Night, put up, though a little
earlier than usual, at Black Hawk.     Here Maurice, and Keene
Richards went to a Methodist meeting; I and Kellam remaining, lis-
tening to dismal stories of the yellow fever: with occasional journeys outside
for my part,   I felt sick, my limbs ached and I had a diarrhea.
  23.  Sunday.  It rained dismally, nevertheless in a pause of it, we
started off.  I was very ill, purged & inclining to vomit.   The rain soon
commenced sans intermission.   Nevertheless I had to dismount, and under
the wet forest trees, vomit up green sickening, bile,   ugh.   They were
very kind to me, gave me an Indian rubber overcoat; and presently we
mount again, and ride through the pitiless rain, onwards.     I was pictu-
ring up home, as it would be that Sabbath, so far away, the snug
cosy parlor, my mother s face, all of them.     I riding through the
wet Mississippi woods thus.        By 1 o clock we reached a handsomely built
house, one of  Johnson s stands.       Here we put up.   Walking, at request
into the handsome room, there was the mother, a portly, comely dame, at
the dinner table, family around, and father.   I sat down by the fire
and felt   homeless.          A few word were said, I told the host I felt
sick.  You haven t been anywhere where the Yellow Fever is?  said he
hastily, at the same time bidding one of the children who had approached me
come away.    I understood and respected the man s feelings.   The others
came in, and dined.   I went upstairs, lay on a blanket on the floor,
swallowed salt water in the hope it would induce vomiting, and freeing my
stomach, but with little success.    The rain beat on the casements, the
fire they had built blazed and crackled; I felt very sick.   I wanted
a little tea and toast, they were good folks but sent up a reeking
cup of coffee, hot new bread, butter and meat!     So that weary day
passed, and that night.
  24.  Monday. A sharp, hard frost had come, whitening the hedges of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and seventy
Description:Regarding getting sick on the road en route to Louisiana by horseback.
Date:1853-10-22
Subject:Diseases; Food; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Richards, Addison Keane; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Black Hawk, 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.