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a capital from the Alhambra, bits of marble from the Parthenon, and
tessalated work from Carthage; pictures, Arch costumes, pipes Turkish
and Algerian, with I know not what beside.    /           A walk to the
Mississippi with Maurice Keene in the afternoon, and sitting idly in the
sunlight on a monstrous fallen tree, (destined to become a Snag some
day,) we talked of the river.    Before us lay a long, low, sand island,
with forest on it.    There are many in the Mississippi, and they are
named by numbers; this, I think was 94.       /           Evening Yusef with
a curved Damascus sword went through the exercise of his countrymen.
  30. Sunday.  A ride out, calling at Mr Wallis Keene s,
family away in Kentucky. Saw a big stuffed panther which Maurice
had last winter shot, in the cane brake.    /     After dinner out with
him for a ride to the scene.   Through the vast cotton fields, all covered
with the full, white, bursting hills; tall bare tree trunks rising
up out of them; till we came to the Mounds, certain round-shaped
tunnuli, Indian work of a former day.  On one of these was an
overseers house, overlooking the negro s huts below.   Here we called,
gossiped awhile, then set off again.   Around, and through more cot-
ton fields, level landscape everywhere, save perhaps a sort of little
embarkment about a bayou.      Arrived at a minature jungle, and
rode through it for half an hour, thick vegetation, everything grown
wild, in tropic-like fertility.   The Cane-brake, which, tying
our horses to the fence we enter.    The Cane might have grown twenty
and thirty feet in height, close together, so as to be inaccessible in
some parts.   Fine domain for the bear and panther.   There s no
lack of wild animals, including deer.      Here I saw the scene of the
panther s death;   negroes had brought word that a bear had been kil-
ling a hog in the Cane, Maurice & an Overseer turned out, panther
hunted them, and was shot.           Evening in doors.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and eighty-one
Description:Describes a walk around the plantation owned by Keene Richards' grandfather.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Keane, Wallis; Slavery; Slaves; Travel; Yusef
Coverage (City/State):[Transylvania, Louisiana]
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.