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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 195, November 17-18, 1853

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Identifier: DX04208121

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 195, November 17-18, 1853

Description: Describes waiting for the steamboat Cincinnati in Cairo, Illinois.


So the time passed dismally on, I was very weary, having had little sleep last night, also by the wretchedly passed day. So going inside the barge-store, I found a motley group reclining on bales, boxes, the counter & floor. With the bear-skin for a coverlid, & carpetbag for pillow, I lay down on the floor, in the shade of the counter, & despite the steamboats roar the trampling about & general noise, fell asleep, and soundly. This night. . . .

18. Friday. . . . .be about 11. Once I was aroused by another incoming steamer, but it not being the one, to sleep again, till 3 in the morning. And then the boat did come, and after another weary hour’s delay, I got desperate at witnessing here among the barges below, clambered off across a long plank to the mud bank again, took a walk, reached other barges and planks, crossed steamboats, and got aboard the “Cincinatti.” More fortunate than others, I, by producing [New York] Times credentials, got a berth; and soon disregarding all the tumult without was in deep, dead sleep. Up betimes, and find we have lain at Cairo till near day-break, and are now steaming up the Ohio, Kentucky shore on the right, Illinois on the left. A handsome boat is the “Cincinatti,” and crowded. The Ohio is a picturesque stream, though its waters now partake of the muddy Mississippi tinge; its banks present fine sloping shores, bluffs, and headlands; here and there an island, (or what appears to be such is seen,) and distant rounded hill tops, all covered by bare, brown, autumn-denuded elm and sycamore. No more luxuriant foliage now, as in sunny Louisiana. And welcome be the sturdy north, with its honest frost and snow, — almost could I welcome mud and sloppy streets again. Never did I love striving, stirring New York, (capital and chief among cities in the Western world!) better than now. / We pause at little towns on either bank; and once sever a rope by which one steamer is attempting to tow a stranded companion off a sand bank, though unwittingly. Pretty as the Ohio may be, one half mile of the Hudson at West Point is worth the whole of it. / Thinking of that matter of Slavery

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-11-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Ohio River
Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)


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