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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 127, September 27-29, 1853

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Identifier: DX04145979

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 127, September 27-29, 1853

Description: Describes arriving in Louisville, Kentucky.


and the black rushing river without, were very striking. One fellow, a nigger swore horribly, exceeding his comrades in execration, a hard matter. A talk with the Clerk, and to bed by 10, after a drink with a Belfast man, who has been taking a scamper over this country.

28. Wednesday. Louisville we reached by 2 or 3, but I slept on till 6 & then left the boat [the Ben Franklin]. Up the bare sloping space, up a street, and into Main Street to the Galt House, the Hotel of the place. A large one, no handsome appearance however, within or without, rather dilapidated. Breakfast by 7, then after a four minutes talk with Belfast man, (who was going back, leaving the Mammoth Cave unvisited;) I rambled out to see the city. Tis a large, dull one, some fine stores, scarcely any trees, and no bustle or appearance of activity like unto thriving Cincinatti. The “Louisville House,” a handsome hotel, 60 window-front, in course of creation. Got Harper, read the conclusion of Bleak House. Scarcely such a brilliant finale as in other of [Charles] Dicken’s books. Certain minor characters are too summarily dismissed, Madmoiselle Hortense and the Smallweed’s for instance. Esther Summerson is the most loveable creature in it. By the bye, there’s a strange blending of the dramatic and autobiographical in the book. Dozed during the afternoon, and another walk, to the entrance of the Canal, by the river, & leading from it, the noise of the Fall adjacent, (or rather rapids) plain to hear. Back to supper, a little scribbling afterwards.

29. Wednesday Thursday Being aroused at the unholy hour of 4 in the morning, dressed by lamp-light in the corner of a huge room, four beds in’t, each having its one or two occupants. And then after some half hours waiting at the portal of the hotel, looking out on the chill dark street, into the stage, where were three others male passengers, and a woman. Over a hundred miles stage-riding is before us, and through the streets and outskirts of Louisville we start, th dank morning and gloom about us. Twas cold and dull, each victim could not descry his neighbours face, and there was no footfall or sound along the lone

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fiction
Ohio River
African Americans
Mammoth Cave (Ky.)
Books and reading


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