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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 165, October 16-17, 1853

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Identifier: DX04180649

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 165, October 16-17, 1853

Description: Describes spending the night at a roadside tavern in Alabama owned by John Warren.

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white hair at first reminded you of Andrew Jackson. He [John Warren] was curious to know my calling. I told him. “Oh you be an Artist? ah! I understand! Draws teeth? Adzactly!” Another traveller shortly afterwards arrived, who was addressed as “the Doctor,” and seemed well known to the family. Old Warren told some queer stories, very suggestive of Alabama life. He & the Doctor spoke much of one “Rube,” a lawyer, in a town adjacent. How he addressed the Judge with “You think yourself mighty big, settin’ up thar’, but jest you come down and I’ll pound your head good!” “Ah!” said the Doctor “Rube’s a horse!” “Ah!” said old Warren “and he’s hosses to deal with!” The old man got talking of himself. How he’d “fout” cawding-duels in his boy days. How, latterly, they’d “run him” for Justice of the Peace. How he’d ordered unlimited whiskey “red eye,” made a speech, and got elected. But the voters getting drunk, had got to fighting, wherein whereupon our Justice of the Peace got felt the carnal man stir within him, in emulation. Said he “I couldn’t stand it, it was a free fight — so I took off old Baptist” (I suppose his coat,) went in, and knocked down six of ‘em!” He talked much too of rattlesnakes, and of a root which was an antidote to them, and believed that if held over one, it would kill him! He was a great democrat, in politics, talked about “Mr [Henry] Clay” being “our enemy,” and believed [Martin] Van Buren to be worse than the Devil. With his quaint, hard way and talk, he was a Character.

17 16. Monday. Joined, before breakfast by Keene Richards. He had negociated about the horse Peytona, and telegraphed on to New Orleans, agreeing to give $2000 for the mare. But telegraph didn’t work, so he came on without ratifying the bargain. He had on returning to Tuscumbria found a great state of excitement in that little town. Certain citizens had slandered one another about a house of ill fame, one had got a challenge sent him, got frightened and left the place; six fisty-cuff fights had come off; a gambler

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-10-16

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Brothels
Diaries
Horses
Travel
Whiskey
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Elections
Snakes
Affray
Telegraph

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