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So the time passed dismally on, I was very weary, having had little sleep
last night, also by the wretchedly passed day.  So going inside the barge-store,
I found a motley group reclining on bales, boxes, the counter & floor.
With the bear-skin for a coverlid, & carpetbag for pillow, I lay down
on the floor, in the shade of the counter, & despite the steamboats roar
the trampling about & general noise, fell asleep, and soundly.   This night
  18.  Friday.}       be about 11.   Once I was aroused by another in-
coming steamer, but it not being the one, to sleep again, till 3 in the
morning.    And then the boat did come, and after another weary hour s delay,
I got desperate at witnessing here among the barges below, clambered off across
a long plank to the mud bank again, took a walk, reached other barges and
planks, crossed steamboats, and got aboard the  Cincinatti.      More fortunate
than others, I, by producing Times credentials, got a berth; and soon disregarding
all the tumult without was in deep, dead sleep.                Up betimes, and
find we have lain at Cairo till near day-break, and are now steaming up
the Ohio, Kentucky shore on the right, Illinois on the left.   A handsome
boat is the  Cincinatti,  and crowded.        The Ohio is a picturesque stream,
though its waters now partake of the muddy Mississippi tinge; its banks
present fine sloping shores, bluffs, and headlands; here and there an island, (or
what appears to be such is seen,) and distant rounded hill tops, all covered
by bare, brown, autumn-denuded elm and sycamore.     No more luxuriant
foliage now, as in sunny Louisiana.      And welcome be the sturdy north,
with its honest frost and snow,   almost could I welcome mud and sloppy
streets again.  Never did I love striving, stirring New York, (capital and
chief among cities in the Western world!) better than now. /    We pause
at little towns on either bank; and once sever a rope by which one steamer
is attempting to tow a stranded companion off a sand bank, though unwittingly.
Pretty as the Ohio may be, one half mile of the Hudson at West Point
is worth the whole of it.   /           Thinking of that matter of Slavery
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and ninety-five
Description:Describes waiting for the steamboat ''Cincinnati'' in Cairo, Illinois.
Date:1853-11-17
Subject:Cincinnati (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Cairo, Illinois; Kentucky; New York, [New York]
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.