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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 157, October 5-6, 1853

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Identifier: DX04173338

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 157, October 5-6, 1853

Description: Describes his journey by horseback from Mammoth Cave to Louisiana.


pieces,) and very equivocal coffee. The host and his wife officiated sitting at either end of the table, and a nigger woman head in handkerchief passed things about. The host would ask in a hard, loud, distinct tone “Will you have” — this or that, on the table. His wife said nothing, and little conversation passed; what little being of the roads, and crops. Supper over, we trooped back to the fire, and there I sate, winking in the blaze, and feeling as if each bone had been carefully disjointed. There were two other guests, hard feaute hard-featured men in blue-blanket, long coats, but they soon disappeared. All to bed in an hour’s time, I mine being made upon the couch.

6 5. Thursday. Roused by the fire-kindling at day-break. Breakfast and packing done, we [Gunn, Keane Richards, Oliver Kellam, and Maurice Keane] rode the horses to a stream adjacent, watered them, then through it. It was deep enough to involve a little wetting, and some difficulty, the mares pulling at the ends of the halters, and some pawing and plashing. Through the town of Bowlinggreen [Bowling Green] and onwards along high roads we continued, still in Kentucky all throughout the day. A rolling country, hills in the distance. Turnpikes and tollage for quadrupeds. We took our matin meal much as yesterday, but should have disposed of it with one bite each, so scanty was the “snack” put up by our last nights hostess, had it not been for a good natured mistress of a house where Kellam applied for milk. That she gave, refusing payment, also a huge fragment of pie. On which her little boy was presented with 25 cents. / Inquiring our way at a place late in the afternoon, we were also inquired off as to whether we had seen the house’s master who had gone in chase of certain burglars who had broken into the domicile, stealing a considerable sum. / The Grey mare made an essay at leaving the party, and received a drubbing at the hands of Master Keene. Stopped this night at the house of an old farmer yclept Major Duncan’s. Wife, and a large family. All very interested about the pipe stem, also the Holy land, and Jerusalem localities, it being discovered how two of the party had been there. Rather sociable, but — put us up a dismally scanty feed for the morrow.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-10-05

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
African Americans


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