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coat from him,   ordering always to obey when a White Man bade him,
whatever might be his opinion of the justice of it.        /           Is not that
anecdote a terrible protest against Slavery? said I,  here s a good, brave
honest, human creature really believes that God wills he shall be flogged
justly or unjustly, as another human creature in a white-skin wills?    It
is so,   but It has to be,   we can t get on without it!          So it is,
The World Can t get on without it.   Much Individual Wrong and Ill
doing does the Sun shine upon every day   Patience, and let each one do his
best.    Calling names won t help the matter.        /                  The house servants
are mostly yellow folk, mulattos.    There was a pretty girl of a warm yel-
low tint with large lustrous eyes, waited at table; she had been purchased
by Mr Richards grandfather, having complained of ill usage by former owners.
All her relatives were away.      Also there was a young fellow, also a mu-
lotto about the house.      He d been presented his freedom once, in his master s
will, but it had been retracted.       Richards said he was a much better ser-
vant since he knew of the change.    /                  One evening I was present
while Keene Richards gave out the clothes to  the hands.    It was on Sun-
day night.    Large cases of clothes and shoes had arrived, the former from
Kentucky, the latter made to order in the Eastern states.     All the niggers,
a dusky crowd they were too, assembled outside, and as the name on each
garment was discovered, (a work of some difficulty,) it was passed out to them.
Maurice Keene wrote a record of it.   Yusef was rather authoritative, shouting
out the names.    There were plenty of  Big Jims, little Jims, long Pete s 
and nomenclature from physical peculiarities.    Some had fine names, as
 Beauharnais.    /                          It was lovely weather, these days,
sunny but temperate, and the rich soft summer foliage belied the notion
of November.        I rode out, rambled, reading meanwhile.    Curtis s  How
adji  books and Lotus Eating, and Washington Irvings,  Tales of the
Alhambra.   Time passed pleasantly, albeit I didn t feel well.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and eighty-seven
Description:Describes a talk with Keene Richards about slavery.
Subject:African Americans; Books and reading; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Richards, Addison Keane; Slaveholders; 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.