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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 162, October 13-15, 1853

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Identifier: DX04177906

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 162, October 13-15, 1853

Description: Describes seeing a racing horse named Peytona at Florence, Alabama.

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A bathe, at about 3 in the afternoon, in a broad, shallow stream known as Shoal Creek. (All the streams are creeks here.) The water, clear and fresh running worked mills &c above. Woods and tall trees on either side. Kept on, to one Wilsons; decentish place, though rough. Two drawers here. Much talk of our future road, and controversy. Took a moonlight walk after supper, and felt dreary. The monotony and prospective continuance of the journey wearied me. Had we been going a swift pace ‘twould have been endurable; but twenty or twenty-five miles a day, — the prospect seemed endless.

14 13. Friday. Watering the horses, Maurice Keene’s brute thought fit to lie down, wetting him considerably. [Oliver] Kellam had to lick another, then on, he and I getting much ahead; and so into Florence. He, finding a ten-pin alley commenced rolling, imbibing some little. The others came up. Talk among the town callers about, that a notable race mare Peytona was there. So we set off to see her; and she was admired and criticized. Two hours delay at Florence; I posted letters to [Alfred] Waud &c then on. Arrived at the Tenessee river, rates high for crossing the log bridge so we ride a mile, and Kellam attempts to ford it. Gets to an island, has to swim horse back. We have to pay toll [unclear word], and cross. Kellam irate with [Keane] Richards. Regular row. Into Tuscumbia by 4 in the afternoon. Put up horses at livery stable; ourselves at hotel. Both this room & Florence, are second-rate towns. We were shown up into two big naked rooms, two beds to match in each; a broken mirror and damaged chair &c. Railroad opposite leading to some place, Decatur, I think. In the dreary sitting room below, on the cars coming in, a mob rushed in. Hotel supper. Council held over map as to our route; then to bed.

15 14. Saturday. Keene Richards having conceived a desire to possess Peytona, resolved on riding back to treat with her owner about it. He was willing to pay $1500 for her. / So we kept on, he promising to overtake us. Through a pig-sty of a place called Frankfort, where the entire population, about a dozen sharking looking fellows were lounging by the

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-10-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Horses
Travel
Transportation
Horse racing
Bowling
Leisure
Tennessee River
Hotels
Railroads

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