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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 179, October 28-29, 1853

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Identifier: DX04193458

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 179, October 28-29, 1853

Description: Regarding reaching his destination in Louisiana, the house belonging to the grandfather of Keene Richards.


back entrance, and soon we heard surprised greetings within. [Oliver] Kellam couldn’t stand it and knocked at the door, and we were all admitted. A tall slender white-haired gentleman, greeted as “Cousin Alick” welcomes us, his wife also, (Kellam’s aunt,) and two children. They, having recently come from Mississippi City, a sea-side place of resort on the Gulf, are here keeping house, the hooping-cough having driven ‘em away from their own, which is two or three miles off. Mr Alick Keene and the three have much to communicate; wet garments are changed or dried, we sup, then sit conversing in the cheerful parlor. A knock at the door, and a man enters attired in Asiatic costume, head swathed in drapery, loose jacket, wide loose breeches, (rather petticoats,) & boots. It is J Ross Browne’s dragoman and guide in his “Crusade” Yusef. He’s coarsely good looking, with curly hair, and sports a moustache; his eyes animated and arch looking. He talked much of the horses, three Arabs, imported by Keene Richards, are now owned by Kellam. Yusef brought them over, with much difficulty and adventure, a colt being born on the way. Our ex-dragoman was a very picturesque, good-humored fellow, talkative, obliging and withal very authoritative with the negroes; which Keene Richards, who is very considerate of all about him would cheek him for. Altogether Yusef is a sort of man Friday to him. / Retiring to our room at the farther end of the building, I by 11 turned in to bed, not ill satisfied at the conclusion of this dreary journey, and a trifle thankful we were not drifting down the Mississippi, “cold, damp, moist, unpleasant bodies.” Yusef, Keene Richards, Maurice [Keane], and Kellam sate talking in the adjoining room till far into the morning, and I — went to sleep.

29. Saturday. Roused by the “boy” lighting fire; up and about. Breakfast, then rambled out. The house, a neatly built, plain edifice of wood, was had no upper story. It was two spacious rooms wide, some five in length, each most rooms having a door leading on to the covered way

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-10-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Whooping cough


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