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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 125, September 26-27, 1853

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Identifier: DX04144159

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 125, September 26-27, 1853

Description: Describes visiting a mine outside Cincinnati, Ohio.


from above. Down wards, lower still, and at length we reach the bottom. Here, at either end of the great arching tunnel were the miners at work, great squared buckets being steam-hoisted from above, while the Irish men filled them rapidly with the detached marl masses. Marvellously strait and well cut was the broad subterranean passage way. They effect from 3 to five feet each way daily. Our curiosity satisfied we ascend to upper air, which I reach considerably before Goodin & our miner guide. The stout good-humored gentleman, Mr G was rather blown by it. A wash, and then to the City again, being direfully muddy as to ones extremities. Got rid of dirt &c, then dined. Mr Lock came at 2 1/2 & Bruce, at whose invitation, I Lock, & stout Taylor all get in vehicle for a 7 miles ride to Carthage, where an agricultural fair is to come off, two days hence. A very lovely country lies about Cincinatti; sloping hills, meadow and forest land, very park like, & peacefully-beautiful streams. One, through which we passed, (having just before spyed a milkman diluting his liquid with the water — an unbecoming spectacle in such a scene of Arcadian Simplicity.) was inexpressibly lovely. Dusty hot roads. Reaching the place, — a sloping, beautiful lawn like spot, with mobile trees on it, we found tents &c in the course of erection, and some half dozen newspaper men, to whom I was introduced. All rambling about, having the arrangements explained by the president, a Mr Green, then to his house near, and a sort of collation with champagne, Catawba & Isabella. To his hennery, and saw the Shanghais &c. Back through the beautiful sunset. Lock & I took a cup of tea at the Burnet, then to a “Nigger” minstrel concert in the evening.

27. Tuesday. By 10 1/2 to the “Times” Office, (having paid my $5 at the Burnet,) and meeting Isac O Davis, Mrs [Rebecca] Kidders acquaintance by the way. He enquired after her, supposing her to be, by this time, Mrs Morse. /

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Mineral industries
African Americans


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