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            The Captain, the Sea and the Sky.
ing and lazying awhile subsequently, then on
deck to improve acquaintance with fellow passengers.
The Captain, Sam Whiting, had been to the
Arctic seas in search of Dr Kane, and had
written and lectured on it.   He took us into his
cabin, by the wheel house and showed us poetry
of his composing, of average common-place merit,
among other productions a pro-secession, anti-
northern song, advocating dis-union and charg-
ing the responsibility of it upon the republican
party.    He was indeed a self-satisfied, appro-
bative old squirt, as events subsequently demon-
strated.          Throughout the day the weather
continued rough, the wind blowing fiercely,
making stormy music against the ship and
rigging, but ending in a fine sunset, with
great bars of red light in the western horizon
and black or slaty-green water, tipped with
foam below.   Anon the stars shone out, bright
and beautiful, especially those constituting the
belt of Orion, and, near the ocean line, Alde-
boran, the which was pointed out to me by
an old sea-captain passenger who had looked
often on the Southern cross and
 With many tempests had his beard been shake. 
I sat on the forward deck, near the big chim-
ney, enjoying the spectacle, and thinking of Homer s
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and seventy-three
Description:Describes his voyage aboard the ''Marion'' to Charleston, South Carolina.
Date:1860-12-20
Subject:Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kane, Dr.; Marion (Ship); Poetry; Ocean travel; Secession; Travel; Whiting, Samuel
Scan Date:2010-04-30

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.