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back entrance, and soon we heard surprised greetings within.  Kellam couldn t
stand it and knocked at the door, and we were all admitted.    A tall
slender white-haired gentleman, greeted as  Cousin Alick  welcomes us,
his wife also, (Kellam s aunt,) and two children.   They, having recently
come from Mississippi City, a sea-side place of resort on the Gulf, are
here keeping house, the hooping-cough having driven  em away from their own,
which is two or three miles off.     Mr Alick Keene and the three have much
to communicate; wet garments are changed or dried, we sup, then sit con-
versing in the cheerful parlor.   A knock at the door, and a man enters
attired in Asiatic costume, head swathed in drapery, loose jacket, wide
loose breeches, (rather petticoats,) & boots.         It is J Ross Browne s drago-
man and guide in his  Crusade  Yusef.     He s coarsely good looking, with
curly hair, and sports a moustache; his eyes animated and arch looking.
He talked much of the horses, three Arabs, imported by Keene Richards,
are now owned by Kellam.   Yusef brought them over, with much difficulty
and adventure, a colt being born on the way.   Our ex-dragoman was
a very picturesque, good-humored fellow, talkative, obliging  and withal
very authoritative with the negroes; which Keene Richards, who is very
considerate of all about him would cheek him for.      Altogether Yusef is
a sort of man Friday to him.   /    Retiring to our room at the farther
end of the building, I by 11 turned in to bed, not ill satisfied at the
conclusion of this dreary journey, and a trifle thankful we were not drift-
ing down the Mississippi,  cold, damp, moist, unpleasant bodies.    Yusef,
Keene Richards, Maurice, and Kellam sate talking in the adjoining
room till far into the morning, and I   went to sleep.
  29.  Saturday.  Roused by the  boy  lighting fire; up and about.
Breakfast, then rambled out.    The house, a neatly built, plain
edifice of wood, had no upper story.  It was two spacious rooms wide,
some five in length, most rooms having a door leading on to the covered way
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and seventy-nine
Description:Regarding reaching his destination in Louisiana, the house belonging to the grandfather of Keene Richards.
Date:1853-10-28
Subject:Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Keane, Alick; Keane, Alick, Mrs.; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Richards, Addison Keane; Travel; Yusef
Coverage (City/State):[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.