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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 169, October 19-22, 1853

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Mentions his wish to leave his companions on their horseback ride to Louisiana and take a train back to New York, but he changed his mind at their disappointment. Transcription: dreary “Message” of Governor [John A.] Quitman. I escaped and reclining on bed went to sleep. We were now in Mississippi State. To bed, & one of the worst I ever experienced. Twas stuffed with cotton or something that produced nought but knobs and rope like ridges. I couldn’t sleep, and lay uneasily twisting round, looking up to the long cracks and the sky through them, and feeling the night breezes blow in upon me; till I got feverish and a little delirious. So they told me in the morning. 20 19. Thursday. I wanted to be off the journey, find my way to Memphis, thence back for Louisville. But the fellows were so good-natured, and expressed such disappointment at the notion, I kept on; though not feeling at all well. All this day we followed the telegraph wires, through a sandy and piny country. Night at Coffeeville, a neat prettyish place, and clean, well ordered hotel. 210. Friday. Maurice Keene told how he’d been questioned as to whether “we didn’t belong to a Circus, and the gentleman with the beard wasn’t the clown?” by a darkey waiter. (Generally we were taken for drover’s, considerably to Oliver Kellam’s indignation.) This day, we got into a certain track a friend of [Keane] Richards’ had lain down for him, the which we...
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