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Mississippi rides, I matagrabolized out much framework into sequence
and connection, which had lain dis-jointed in my mind for many a day.
And on the Mississippi I resumed thinking of it, stretched out plot and
characters, the which I am now at work with.      If I can hold to fixed
purpose, despite conspiracy of little circumstance waves beating against good resolve
day by day; I shall effect something.       Without overweening confidence,  
(very humbly I write it, in truth)   I think I ve the matter for a book in
me.        The trial will do me good, come what will of it.     Many an hour shall
I find, in New York, which might be right well employed, as I propose.    I
almost fear this may prove a square of Hell s pavement, as I m so confident
now in resolving to try it.
  20. Sunday.     Reaching Louisville at 3 or 4 in the morning I still
slept on, as completely as the din would permit of till 6; then leisurely tarrying
amid all the movings to and fro of porters and hackmen; with some thirty folks
took breakfast, knowing we d have over much time at our disposal for reading
the Cincinatti & Pittsburgh boat   More turmoil, and by 8 1/2 I stand on
the sloping bank.          The boat desired lay three miles farther on, and in
hacks drays & omnibi folks were toll toting themselves, and baggage thither-
wards.     One gentleman had bought two live fauns from Mis-
souri, (designing them as a present to a lady,) & had much dif-
faculty in getting them into a wagon.   They, alarmed at the letting-
off steam by the steam-boats, kicked and leapt about so that the ow-
ner feared for their limbs.    Putting my baggage on this vehicle I,
with a companion set off for a walk through the suburbs into
Louisville.     Twas a dullish day, the bare trees in a little island
in the Ohio looked brown and wintry, the roads were rather muddy,
there was little in the landscape attractive, yet that walk was
actually exhilarating;   to be again striding along, feeling you
were a pedestrianizing creature.           A long three miles, and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and ninety-seven
Description:Mentions his intention to write a story about his travels in the South, and describes his arrival by steamboat at Louisville, Kentucky.
Date:1853-11-19
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Transportation; Travel; Writing
Coverage (City/State):Louisville, [Kentucky]
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.