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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 160, October 10-11, 1853

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Identifier: DX04176079

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 160, October 10-11, 1853

Description: Describes the home of a man named Church in which he stayed a night during his journey by horseback to Louisiana.


10. Monday. During the night it had rained dismally, we had heard it’s patter on the roof. And this morning a slow continuous drizzle fell, detaining us for two hours. Then to horse. It was a dank raw day, but no more rain fell, the dust was laid, and as the day progressed it cleared up finely. We had much difficulty in finding our road, and got out of it. Intending to go to Columbia, we struck into another and more circuitous route. Woody and hilly land; picturesque towards the evening; scarcely did we meet any travellers. One farm house-tavern I descended at, to put the customary inquiries as to whether we could stay there, we found closed. On to another, along side a pretty winding stream, clear looking, and bordered by trees. Put up at the house of a man yclept Church. Partook of a dismal supper, sitting at a rough table, placed in a well ventilated spot. Most of these houses were constructed after this fashion. Two rooms, log built, chinks and crevices in plenty; the roof extending over an open space between; and in this space was our supper table placed. Bacon horribly over-cooked, chicken legs ditto, inasmuch that we only identified them as chicken legs, in an after discussion. Over this repast a rigid female, with a tight handkerchief presided, speechlessly pouring out — what they called coffee. A horrible preparation, the which I, as wont drank more of. The candle fligh flickered in the night breeze, the hogs about grunted, and we, ending the funeral repast, repaired to our room, and fire. Presently the landlord appeared. He was talkative, and inquired confidentially of Keene Richards “whether he wasn’t going to take them Horses to New Orleans to gamble with ‘em?” &c. A bed, presently, [Oliver] Kellam & I in one, our companions [Richards and Maurice Keane] in the other.

11 10. Tuesday. It was dreary, getting up before sunrise, on mornings like this one; dressing hastily in a breezy room, where the chill air blew in sharply through the crevices in the logs; then to turn out, and

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-10-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food


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