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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 180, October 29, 1853

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Identifier: DX04194374

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 180, October 29, 1853

Description: Describes Oliver Kellam's Arabian horses.

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in front. The garden was neatly laid out with flowers, shrubs and bushes, tall china trees with their small, fine leaves, and large yellow berries in front. The spiky “Spanish dagger,” red roses and evergreens and variously tinted flowers were all round. The house might be a mile from the river, to which the broad straight road we had yesternight travelled led; — to the landing for shipping cotton &c, each riverside plantation nescessarilly having its own. This house and some 1000 acres Keene Richards enters into possession of, being thereon instated by his grandfather; who wills to accustom him to his future avocation. He’s 27. / But now for a display of the horses. Yusef, more gaily attired appears on the back of [Oliver] Kellam’s Arab, and Keene mounts the other. Neither were large horses, nor had much of the English Race-horse look; excepting a deer-like appearance about the neck and head. They were in good condition but had no superfluous flesh about ‘em. Kellam’s was the most notable. I never saw such a horse. His full large eye glanced everywhere, — did a man appear a mile away, a sharp look and quick movement of the ear intimated it. All the time he was restless, grinding his teeth, and dancing about. Evidently he had the unquiet, rascally soul of a generation of Scoundrels. A fine village of a horse! Like the other he was branded by the mark of the Anizee tribe of Arabs. A circle, crossed inside on the shoulder, done with a heated ramrod. The tails of both were of reddish tinge, being dyed with henna. When Yusef put him to his paces, his steed ran and leapt and scoured the plain like the wind, growing the more wild with the exercise. They were a picturesque pair, horse and rider! Keene Richards horse, though having spirit enough was gentler. / The exhibition over, Oliver went off for his own residence. I looked over Richards curiosities and momentos of travel. He had a rare collection, as yet not arranged. Antique armor, weapons,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-10-29

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Mississippi River
Flowers
Plantations
Arabian horse
Diaries
Horses
Travel

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