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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 169, October 19-22, 1853

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Identifier: DX04184306

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 169, October 19-22, 1853

Description: Mentions his wish to leave his companions on their horseback ride to Louisiana and take a train back to New York, but he changed his mind at their disappointment.

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dreary “Message” of Governor [John A.] Quitman. I escaped and reclining on bed went to sleep. We were now in Mississippi State. To bed, & one of the worst I ever experienced. Twas stuffed with cotton or something that produced nought but knobs and rope like ridges. I couldn’t sleep, and lay uneasily twisting round, looking up to the long cracks and the sky through them, and feeling the night breezes blow in upon me; till I got feverish and a little delirious. So they told me in the morning.

20 19. Thursday. I wanted to be off the journey, find my way to Memphis, thence back for Louisville. But the fellows were so good-natured, and expressed such disappointment at the notion, I kept on; though not feeling at all well. All this day we followed the telegraph wires, through a sandy and piny country. Night at Coffeeville, a neat prettyish place, and clean, well ordered hotel.

210. Friday. Maurice Keene told how he’d been questioned as to whether “we didn’t belong to a Circus, and the gentleman with the beard wasn’t the clown?” by a darkey waiter. (Generally we were taken for drover’s, considerably to Oliver Kellam’s indignation.) This day, we got into a certain track a friend of [Keane] Richards’ had lain down for him, the which we had partially intended to follow all the way. Dined at a farm house. Rode on till sunset. Stopped at a handsomely built house, with garden and grounds around it. Inside were books, pictures, carpets, comforts and civilization. The owners wife was a lady, amiable withal, (albeit she did paint very dubious water color pictures, from Graham’s Lo Magazine; framed about the walls.) We had ate a supper with the feelings of shipwrecked men restored to civilization. In the comfortable parlor subsequently, talking & I reaching Mat Ward’s Anglophobia book, — a funny business. Our host, Mr Kumbrough believed in it greatly, however.

22. Saturday. It rained during the night, and towards morning; but cleared off by 9. The road again. Through Carollton and Granada

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-10-19

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Clowns
Transportation
African Americans
Circus
Diaries
Travel

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