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not how many others   I think they were 16 in all.  His wife had been
sick   all of  em had been sick.   Ah!  said he  Canada is a healthy
place.   He was chatty, and had the courtesy of his nation.  There was much
drying, and changing of clothes.  I got a pipe and felt resigned to Fate for
the time being.
  27 26.  Thursday.  It had rained with little intermission all night, and
evidently would so all day.  So a council was held as to what to resolve upon.
(By the bye, Kellam showed his fondness for dogs here, by queer epithets; patting
and addressing one as  Speck he was!  and  Little ground rascal!    he s
a good-humored fellow.)  Keene Richards & Maurice proposed going on them-
selves, leaving us to follow when the weather cleared.  That being objected to, 
I was arrayed in Indian Rubber suit, and forth we all started.  Stedfast and
heavy came the driving rain, as through the wet, dank, green forest paths
we rode; soon they were wet through; and I, chilled to the bones was
sitting in a puddle.   Up hill, down dale, and through hollow we rode, 
all the while unknowing but that we might be going wrong all the time.
  It was a mere bridle path, through wild forest land.   Far down in
wet dells great trees lay rotting, green heaps of vegetation tangled about
them, or noisome fungus growing from the rotting wood.    Trees, every
where trees, dripping, sopping, reeking vegetation, and driving rain.  Once
we turned back, then on again.    Out of the forest, and now slipping
hazardously down muddy roads, wild banks on either side, where stretched
far below us lay the great Yazoo Swamp.   As wild a place as if
never before seen by mortal.       By noon or thereabouts we saw, lying low
amid the wet foliage bordering the swamp certain huts, & a house.   It was
Johnson s, and his overseer came out, in reply to our call.  He would fain
have had us alight and tarry, but getting directions, onwards we rode, through
mud and rain.   Steadily and continuous it fell, varyed by gusts of ice cold
wind, chilling one to the very bones.   Onwards we went, skirting a zig-zag
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and seventy-three
Description:Describes a wet wide through Mississippi on the way to Louisiana by horseback.
Subject:Dogs; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Richards, Addison Keane; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[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.