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was a kind and hospitable as might be.         Sate talking with him upstairs
in his room during the evening; a little negro boy, his peculiar servant
being with us.  He lay down on the carpet, waking up now and then to
put a log on the fire, then going to sleep.   A happy little nigger that
 Cats,  and very fond of  Mas r Oliver. 
  9.  Wednesday.   A long ride about the estate with Kellam.  To his 
part; where a new Cotton gin was being erected.   Thence a long gallop
through uncleared forest land, giant oaks, elms cotton-wood, hickory and cedar
awaiting the woodman s axe, or slower though as destructive  girdling; 
to the house of  Moses, the Bear Hunter.     Him, a sturdy negro, great in
bear, deer, wolf and raccoon slaughter we had before seen, making indeed
a half engagement with him for a bear-hut, which my indisposition hereafter
prevented.      Certain bear and raccoon skins we saw, and got a great
piece of sugar cane, then rode back .   In the afternoon we rode to
the store kept by Kellam s uncle, a Mr Gooderich; about two miles or
so south on the river bank.   It was a sort of general store, and post-
Office, where occasionally the Steamboats pause.    Its owner was a portly,
good-looking man, and owned the island in the river.     Loafing and de-
sultory reading of New Orleans and Vicksburgh newspapers.    The pestilence
over now, or nearly so.  Nevertheless this year of the Yellow fever will be
remembered for many yet to come.
  10.  Thursday.   Still queer in health, but anxious about being off.
Rode to Transylvania with Kellam for baggage.     Keene Richards came
over in the afternoon.   To Goodrichs store again.
  11.  Friday.  Store again.   In the afternoon looking out for passing
steamboats.  Just missed one.   Back to the house, and evening in doors.
  12.  Saturday.  To the riverside with Oliver Kellam, and an uncle of
his, (who had been partly stopping with them, being very sick.)     And a  boy 
with towel elevated flag fashion, to signal vessels.    We had not long
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and eighty-nine
Description:Describes a visit to the store of Gooderich, Oliver Kellam's uncle.
Date:1853-11-08
Subject:Diseases; Gooderich; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kellam, Oliver; Richards, Addison Keane; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Transylvania, [Louisiana]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.