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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 13, November 18-19, 1858

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Identifier: DX03225830

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 13, November 18-19, 1858

Description: Regarding learning about the death of Oliver Kellam from Mr. Pope, an artist.


after Oliver [Kellam]. “He’s dead.” Died of the yellow fever, three years ago, on his return down south from the usual summer’s visit to the north, after two or three days sickness. I inquired as to his marriage. It seems he wedded his cousin — about whom I think I remember some slight rallying passing between him and Keene Richards, though I fancied the latter the candidate matrimonial. One child is the result of the union. The old Judge, Kellam’s uncle is alive yet. So the handsome, kindly, impetuous, self-willed young Louisianian is gone! I liked the fellow and am sorry for it! I had hoped to have shaken hands with him again, some day — had sometimes run my eye over the lists of hotel arrivals in the expectation I might find his name down as a sojourner at the St Nicholas, where all the Southerners go. How distinctly I remember him! I’m sorry he’s dead. Keene Richards is I know all right, I have seen his name in connection with the Arab horses, in Sporting Papers. Neither of him or of Maurice Keene could Pope give me any information. He only seems to know Oliver’s widow and has never been to the Louisianian estates.

19. Friday. In doors all day, re-writing and condensing story I took to Harpers before going in the country. Diarrheish and weak — had to take some laudanum to try and check the former. The day cold and blusterous, the wind keeping up a mournful sighing among the housetops. Ah, hearty Kellam where’s your wraith now? in what untried realm of existence has your sturdy actuality drifted to?

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-11-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Death
Yellow fever


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