and they don t give favorable opinions of California.
13. Sunday. Steaming up the Mississippi all this day, as yesterday.
A monotonously grand river it is, nought picturesque or beautiful about
it. Its winds and curves present no bold rock bluffs, or distant moun-
tain views; only steep muddy banks all bare, or surmounted by dense cotton-wood
thickets; at other times long level sandy reaches. Only
the river itself is notable, sometimes it is, comparatively speaking nar-
row, then apparently expands till one shore will grow dim in distance. Its hue
varies, sometimes it is of a yellowish muddy brown, sometimes darker,
but never clear and bright, like the glorious Hudson; (the most beauti-
ful river I ve ever seen.) Many islands there are in the Mississippi.
It grows on you, day after day, its power and monotony almost op-
press you. But for the cities on its banks, (far enough apart as they
are in all concience,) it is as wild looking as in the days of De Soto.
Little Lake Providence where the yellow fever took three fourths of
the population; we passed yesterday; this day we are coasting Ar-
kansas on our left, Mississippi on our right. We stop at the mouth
of the Arkansas river, at a place called Napoleon. A high muddy
bank, houses appearing above; a boat moored below, with an inscription
about a Mr Shattuck,) probably some relative to my Lake Superior
acquaintance,) agent &c. This is just before nightfall, and soon we
come up to another boat, a Memphis one, (I think,) called the Naomi.
Now yesterday the captain had allowed a boat to pass us, and so this
time, greatly to the delight of the passengers, a race ensued. The boats
were close together for nearly an hour, with scarcely any perceptible ad-
vantage. I could very well understand how boiler explosions and Mis-
sippi accidents had became a by-word, where I noticed the universal eager-
ness for a contest on the part of the passengers. Not one but wouldn t
have risked the being blown to stones rather than have allowed the other
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and ninety-one|
|Description:||Describes the Mississippi River, and a race between the ''Swamp Fox'' and the ''Naomi.''|
|Subject:||Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mississippi River; Shattuck; Transportation; Travel|
|Coverage (City/State):||Arkansas; Mississippi|
|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.|