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31.  Monday.   Judge Morgan; Oliver s grandfather over to see
the horses.  A short, stoutish old gentleman, in grey coat and felt
cap; possessing an emphatic, but good-humored style of swearing.
Subsequently I, with Keene Richards rode over to Mr Morgan s
house, he on his Arab, passing on our way Mr Alick Keene s
house.     Arrived; the house is a very handsome, two story one, finely
fitted up inside.     Some company there, relatives and friends.  We
dine, ramble about, look over the cotton gin at work &c.  Oliver
appeared to great advantage.  I never saw more manly, unaffected
hospitality and goodfeeling.      The handsome, summery house, with
its free and easy  Do what thou wilt  ways, and pleasant people will
not easily pass from my memory.          Rode back to Keene Richards in
the evening, in company with him and Yusef.    This day Maurice
went of per steamboat for New Orleans.
			       November.
  {1.  Tuesday       Riding and rambling about.  Saw the whole
  2.  Wednesday}       cotton process, from picking it in the fields. This
is done very rapidly, the boll being plucked of the cotton which is part in
large bags, one or two of which is attached to each person & they pass
up the long rows with them.   At nightfall each persons work is weighed,
a record kept by the overseer.  There s a stated quantity for each slave,
but its often exceeded, being put at a low estimate.   One  boy  was spoken
of as having picked 750 lbs in a day, but this was a thing to boast
of.      The Gins are spacious, steam worked buildings, always at
work (save on Sundays.)   Mr Wallis Keene s recently erected one, com
bining a saw mill was reckoned to cost $2000   At the top of these
buildings is an extensive place for drying the cotton; then in the gin it
is all torn into shreds, the seed extracted, passed into a room, where
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and eighty-two
Description:Describes the process of harvesting cotton.
Date:1853-10-31
Subject:Agriculture; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Alick; Keane, Maurice; Keane, Wallis; Kellam, Oliver; Morgan, Judge; Richards, Addison Keane; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves; 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.