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Yazoo, was living at this house, awaiting the disappearance of the plague.
There was no post there, postmaster had fled,   to die at Benton.  The news-
paper had stopped, printers, editor, all dead.   More than half the popu-
lation dead.    Yazoo was always a sickly place, he said, it meant
that in Indian; and he reckon d the Yaller Fever would use it up
altogether almost. (Every one talked low, and had their stories, so
that Death seemed brooding all over you.)       They put us to bed
in a dismal, log room, Maurice & Keene sleeping on a floor bed,
I and Kellam in a better; a stranger and child in another.  During
the night it rained hard, and beat in through a crevice where a log or
so was missing, on to the sleepers on the floor.       I lay thinking awhile,
what if I was nearing the End of my Life? And of Many Things.
  26.  Wednesday.  Up we were, and off in the morning, and by
a short cut skirting fields into the Vicksburg Road, or towards it.
A windy day.    The very forests had an air of funeral gloom, the long
ragged masses, (peculiar to Southern forests,) hanging from their boughs,
or swathing them, with cob web like appearance.     The moss is grey in
color, and grows in great luxuriance, indifferently on all trees, giving them
a very singular appearance.          All this day we rode briskly, through
devious roads; eating nothing.   By 4 o clock it came on to rain, and
soon fell in torrents.       I had on the indian-rubber coat, and its owner
Keene Richards insisted I should retain it.   Soon they were wetted through,
I also, from my knees downwards.    Oh the wet, green, dismal forest,
and the driving rain.    Two hours thus, then a debate as to whether
we can obtain a lodging, sitting wearily and wet in our saddles, and
anticipating farther misery.    But luckily we can stop.    The house
belonged to an old French Canadian, who years agone had found
his way to this dismal region; and despite sickness had remained here.
He d had the yellow fever, bilious fever, fever and ague, and I know

[note along the side]
Pontotoc = Coffeeville = Carrollton = Black Hawk = Lexington = Benton.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and seventy-two
Description:Regarding the yellow fever epidemic in and surrounding Yazoo City, Mississippi.
Date:1853-10-25
Subject:Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Richards, Addison Keane; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Benton, [Mississippi]; Yazoo City, [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.