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in front.   The garden was neatly laid out with flowers, shrubs and
bushes, tall china trees with their small, fine leaves, and large
yellow berries in front.   The spiky  Spanish dagger , red roses and
evergreens and variously tinted flowers were all round.    The house
might be a mile from the river, to which the broad straight road we
had yesternight travelled led;   to the landing for shipping cotton &c,
each riverside plantation necessarilly having its own.   This house and
some 1000 acres Keene Richards enters into possession of, being thereon
instated by his grandfather; who wills to accustom him to his future
avocation.   He s 27.  /        But now for a display of the horses.
Yusef, more gaily attired appears on the back of Kellam s Arab,
and Keene mounts the other.      Neither were large horses, nor had much
of the English Race-horse look; excepting a deer-like appearance about
the neck and head.    They were in good condition but had no superfluous
flesh about  em.  Kellam s was the most notable.  I never saw such a
horse.  His full large eye glanced everywhere,  did a man appear a
mile away, a sharp look and quick movement of the ear intimated it.
All the time he was restless, grinding his teeth, and dancing about.
Evidently he had the unquiet, rascally soul of a generation of Scoundrels.
A fine village of a horse!    Like the other he was branded by the mark
of the Anizee tribe of Arabs.     A circle, crossed inside on the shoulder,
done with a heated ramrod.      The tails of both were of  reddish
tinge, being dyed with henna.    When Yusef put him to his paces,
his steed ran and leapt and scoured the plain like the wind, grow-
ing the more wild with the exercise.   They were a picturesque pair,
horse and rider!         Keene Richards horse, though having spirit enough
was gentler. /      The exhibition over, Oliver went off for his own
residence.    I looked over Richards curiosities and momentos of travel.
He had a rare collection, as yet not arranged.    Antique armor, weapons,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and eighty
Description:Describes Oliver Kellam's Arabian horses.
Date:1853-10-29
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; 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.