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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 189, November 8-12, 1853

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Identifier: DX04202619

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 189, November 8-12, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to the store of Gooderich, Oliver Kellam's uncle.


was a kind and hospitable as might be. Sate talking with him [Oliver Kellam] upstairs in his room during the evening; a little negro boy, his peculiar servant being with us. He lay down on the carpet, waking up now and then to put a log on the fire, then going to sleep. A happy little nigger that “Cats,” and very fond of “Mas’r Oliver.”

9. Wednesday. A long ride about the estate with Kellam. To his part; where a new Cotton gin was being erected. Thence a long gallop through uncleared forest land, giant oaks, elms cotton-wood, hickory and cedar awaiting the woodman’s axe, or slower though as destructive “girdling;” to the house of “Moses, the Bear Hunter.” Him, a sturdy negro, great in bear, deer, wolf and raccoon slaughter we had before seen, making indeed a half engagement with him for a bear-hut, which my indisposition hereafter prevented. Certain bear and raccoon skins we saw, and got a great piece of sugar cane, then rode back. In the afternoon we rode to the store kept by Kellam’s uncle, a Mr Gooderich; about two miles or so south on the river bank. It was a sort of general store, and post-Office, where occasionally the Steamboats pause. Its owner was a portly, good-looking man, and owned the island in the river. Loafing and desultory reading of New Orleans and Vicksburgh newspapers. The pestilence over now, or nearly so. Nevertheless this year of the Yellow fever will be remembered for many yet to come.

10. Thursday. Still queer in health, but anxious about being off. Rode to Transylvania with Kellam for baggage. Keene Richards came over in the afternoon. To Goodrichs store again.

11. Friday. Store again. In the afternoon looking out for passing steamboats. Just missed one. Back to the house, and evening in doors.

12. Saturday. To the riverside with Oliver Kellam, and an uncle of his, (who had been partly stopping with them, being very sick.) And a “boy” with towel elevated flag fashion, to signal vessels. We had not long

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-11-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diseases
General stores
Agricultural machinery
Cotton gins and ginning
African Americans
Yellow fever


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