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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 197, November 19-20, 1853

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Identifier: DX04122341

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 197, November 19-20, 1853

Description: Mentions his intention to write a story about his travels in the South, and describes his arrival by steamboat at Louisville, Kentucky.


Mississippi rides, I matagrabolized out much framework into sequence and connection, which had lain dis-jointed in my mind for many a day. And on the Mississippi I resumed thinking of it, stretched out plot and characters, the which I am now at work with. If I can hold to fixed purpose, despite conspiracy of little circumstance waves beating against good resolve day by day; I shall effect something. Without overweening confidence, — (very humbly I write it, in truth) — I think I’ve the matter for a book in me. The trial will do me good, come what will of it. Many an hour shall I find, in New York, which might be right well employed, as I propose. I almost fear this may prove a square of Hell’s pavement, as I’m so confident now in resolving to try it.

20. Sunday. Reaching Louisville at 3 or 4 in the morning I still slept on, as completely as the din would permit of till 6; then leisurely tarrying amid all the movings to and fro of porters and hackmen; with some thirty folks took breakfast, knowing we’d have over much time at our disposal for reading the Cincinatti & Pittsburgh boat More turmoil, and by 8 1/2 I stand on the sloping bank. The boat desired lay three miles farther on, and in hacks drays & omnibi folks were toll toting themselves, and baggage thitherwards. One gentleman had bought two live fauns from Missouri, (designing them as a present to a lady,) & had much difficulty in getting them into a wagon. They, alarmed at the letting-off steam by the steam-boats, kicked and leapt about so that the owner feared for their limbs. Putting my baggage on this vehicle I, with a companion set off for a walk through the suburbs into Louisville. Twas a dullish day, the bare trees in a little island in the Ohio looked brown and wintry, the roads were rather muddy, there was little in the landscape attractive, yet that walk was actually exhilarating; — to be again striding along, feeling you were a pedestrianizing creature. A long three miles, and

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-11-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Ohio River


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