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then, passing down part of Main Street, church bells tolling pleasantly
in our ears; we again descended to the river, and aboard the
 Crystal Palace.      The handsomest steamboat I have ever
seen, throughout.      The enormously lengthy saloon on the upper-
deck, has on either side little fluted hall columns, painted white, their
capitals brightly gilt, prettily shaped open spaces betwixt, which ad-
mit light into the snug state rooms.        Above architrowe and cornice,
which is neatly broken in outline is stained glass, of rare and delicately
chosen tints.       The ceiling is diamond crossed, the robs gilt, with
pendants at the junctions; and at the sides.    Luxurious chairs,
rich carpeting and fine chandeliers complete the interior.    Outside,
everything is bright and new looking, and gaily painted.    /      We
lag till noon at Louisville, a crowd of folk watching us, at
last off we are up the now villanously muddy Ohio, with a
parting salute from the steam-pipe that might have maddened
Polyphene.        All the afternoon, onwards.        The feeding arran-
gements of the boat on a par with its appearance; one could not
fare better at a first rate hotel.             Stopped at one or two places;
one, Madison, on the Indiana shore.       Promenading to and fro
on the docks, the roof and below till night closed around us; and then,
in the cabin attempted to write, but the oscillation of the tables partly frus
trated it.       I learn, by midnight we shall reach Cincinatti.
  21. Tuesday.   Rising by 4, I find the steamboat moored alongside
the steep banks, and the town, murky and black in the distance, all
around.   Some two or three Irish hackmen or porters about;  and perhaps
a dozen or more newly risen passengers like myself washing &c in the
barbers shop, preparatory for quitting the boat.      Tarried till 5 1/2, then
with carpet-bag, pipe-stem & bear skin off for the Railroad Depot.   I
had been given to understand it was but a few squares distance, but it proved
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and ninety-eight
Description:Describes traveling on the ''Crystal Palace'' steamboat to Cincinnati, Ohio.
Date:1853-11-20
Subject:Crystal Palace (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Louisville, [Kentucky]; Madison, Indiana; Cincinnati, [Ohio]
Coverage (Street):Main Street
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.