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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 181, October 29-30, 1853

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Identifier: DX04195289

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 181, October 29-30, 1853

Description: Describes a walk around the plantation owned by Keene Richards' grandfather.


a capital from the Alhambra, bits of marble from the Parthenon, and tessalated work from Carthage; pictures, Arch costumes, pipes Turkish and Algerian, with I know not what beside. / A walk to the Mississippi with Maurice Keene in the afternoon, and sitting idly in the sunlight on a monstrous fallen tree, (destined to become a Snag some day,) we talked of the river. Before us lay a long, low, sand island, with forest on it. There are many in the Mississippi, and they are named by numbers; this, I think was 94. / Evening Yusef with a curved Damascus sword went through the exercise of his countrymen.

30 29. Sunday. A ride out, calling at Mr Wallis Keene’s, family away in Kentucky. Saw a big stuffed panther which Maurice had last winter shot, in the cane brake. / After dinner out with him for a ride to the scene. Through the vast cotton fields, all covered with the full, white, bursting hills; tall bare tree trunks rising up out of them; till we came to the Mounds, certain round-shaped tunnuli, Indian work of a former day. On one of these was an overseers house, overlooking the negro’s huts below. Here we called, gossiped awhile, then set off again. Around, and through more cotton fields, level landscape everywhere, save perhaps a sort of little embarkment about a bayou. Arrived at a minature jungle, and rode through it for half an hour, thick vegetation, everything grown wild, in tropic-like fertility. The Cane-brake, which, tying our horses to the fence we enter. The Cane might have grown twenty and thirty feet in height, close together, so as to be inaccessible in some parts. Fine domain for the bear and panther. There’s no lack of wild animals, including deer. Here I saw the scene of the panther’s death; — negroes had brought word that a bear had been killing a hog in the Cane, Maurice & an Overseer turned out, panther hunted them, and was shot. Evening in doors.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-10-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Plantations
Souvenirs (Keepsakes)
Mississippi River
Indians of North America


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