Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 89, August 19-20, 1853
@ Missouri Historical Society
DescriptionDescribes learning about his fellow travelers on board the Sam Ward, including a newspaper editor from Cincinnati. Transcription: the sandy shore as magnificent, a huge Inland Sea bursting at once in view. The two Indians got very drunk below, or sleepy, I know not which, for I found ‘em reclined on the forepart below, blanket enwrapped. Rumours in the earlier part of the evening that the Steward has been left on shore, and is lost. So a boat is dispatched to recover him and the unloaded coal, but the former is discovered reclined in his berth. A New Haven doctor has got a big bottle nigh full of balsam from the expeditions. Also in a smaller bottle a remarkably ugly, furry, reddish, viscous minute bat, looking like a hybrid ‘twixt a flitter-mouse and a tree-toad, which is exhibited to the admiration of every body. I suggest they should drop spots of red sealing-wax all over him, and that he should be forwarded to [P.T.] Barnum; which is however bettered by the universal admission that Barnum’s intellect would “fix” him to better advantage. Long talk with a black-bearded, very American looking Cincinatti Editor, (of the “Sun,”) who I, after some time was considerably amused to discover a Derby-shire born Briton. He like Ulysses has endured much. Has been a peddler, a gravedigger, tended stores, mended windows, sold newspapers, given travelling lectures, nearly got lynched on suspicion of Abolition, and much more, — a much enduring man, possessing sound common sense. Singing...