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had noticed a long, low lying sand bad; and now dimly the desired shore
loomed towards us.    We might have been within fifty yards, and one of
the boatman was saying jestingly, in reply to Keene Richards,  By God
I think the water is coming in!  when the boat began to fill rapidly.
Over ankles, and mid leg high about instantaneously!    One fellow dropped
his oar.   Row! row   quick!  said Maurice Keene, and they put
out their strength   they were rowing for life, and knew it!   The move-
ment and oscillation of the boat had shipped a great deal of water, from 
the crevice, scarcely an inch from the water level, the water was now rushing
in fast, and did the weight of it sink us below the line of that fatal
crack, we should go down in fifty feet water, like a stone.   Kellam
seized a tin vessel kept for the purpose and commence baling.    I did the
like with my hat, but a cry warns me that the oscillation caused by the move-
ment more than counterbalances the good.   So I sit still.   I comprehended
the full horror of the position.    I had on the india rubber suit, big loose
leggings which would have instantaneously filled with water, and drag-
ged me down, despite all swimming, I knew the water was deep and
deathly cold, and strong currents running; the shore steep and muddy;
and it was night; no human sight or sound near.     But just as the
boat fills we run in shore,   thirty seconds longer would have drowned
us all!      The Boatmen were horrible scared   they knew the escape
they d had from the terrible Mississippi,   one shook all over.   Getting
out our drenched baggage, we clambered under the trunk of an monstrous
fallen tree, up a steep sandy, muddy bank, and into some dark
fields.  Here leaving baggage at the corner of a fence, we pushed on,
along a broad road, made in a wide open space.   Pursuing this for
a mile, we passing two gates, came at length to the house, all embosomed
in trees.   Noiselessly opening the gate, for they wished to surprise their
friends, they stole up to the door.   Keene Richards went off to effect a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and seventy-eight
Description:Describes crossing the Mississippi River in a leaky boat.
Date:1853-10-28
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Mississippi River; Richards, Addison Keane; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Mississippi]; [Transylvania, Louisiana]
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.