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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 173, October 26-27, 1853

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Identifier: DX04187966

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 173, October 26-27, 1853

Description: Describes a wet ride through Mississippi on the way to Louisiana by horseback.

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not how many others — I think they were 16 in all. His wife had been sick — all of ‘em had been sick. “Ah!” said he “Canada is a healthy place.” He was chatty, and had the courtesy of his nation. There was much drying, and changing of clothes. I got a pipe and felt resigned to Fate for the time being.

27 26. Thursday. It had rained with little intermission all night, and evidently would so all day. So a council was held as to what to resolve upon. (By the bye, [Oliver] Kellam showed his fondness for dogs here, by queer epithets; patting and addressing one as “Speck he was!” and “Little ground rascal!” — he’s a good-humored fellow.) Keene Richards & Maurice [Keane] proposed going on themselves, leaving us to follow when the weather cleared. That being objected to, I was arrayed in Indian Rubber suit, and forth we all started. Stedfast and heavy came the driving rain, as through the wet, dank, green forest paths we rode; soon they were wet through; and I, chilled to the bones was sitting in a puddle. Up hill, down dale, and through hollow we rode, all the wh while unknowing but that we might be going wrong all the time.

It was a mere bridle path, through wild forest land. Far down in wet dells great trees lay rotting, green heaps of vegetation tangled about them, or noisome fungus growing from the rotting wood. Trees, everywhere trees, dripping, sopping, reeking vegetation, and driving rain. Once we turned back, then on again. Out of the forest, and now slipping hazardously down muddy roads, wild banks on either side, where and stretched far below us lay the great Yazoo Swamp. As wild a place as if never before seen by mortal. By noon or thereabouts we saw, lying low amid the wet foliage bordering the swamp certain huts, & a house. It was Johnson’s, and his overseer came out, in reply to our call. He would fain have had us alight and tarry, but getting directions, onwards we rode, through mud and rain. Steadily and continuous it fell, varyed by gusts of ice cold wind, chilling one to the very bones. Onwards we went, skirting a zig-zag

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-10-26

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diseases
Rain and rainfall
Horses
Trees
Nature
Swamps
Dogs
Diaries
Transportation
Travel

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