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                Coasting North Carolina.
martime descriptions and of other matters
till past 9 and then sought my berth, sleep-
ing in a desultory manner till day-break.
  21.  Friday.   A lovely day, sunshine and
a fair wind.    On the upper deck, reading
the Tenant of Wildfell Hall, loafing and smo-
king.     We are half-way to Charleston, the whole
distance being 525 miles.     Diarizing in cabin
subsequently.    Talking with the purser, a good
fellow who knowing my nationality, yet intro-
duced as a topic of conversation, the general
discourtesy of the travelling English.  Reading,
dozing, anon on deck to witness the sunset.
In the evening improving acquaintance with the
sea-captain, a short, sturdy man with an
acquiline nose, a shrewd face and grizzled
beard.        By sunset we were rounding Cape
Hatteras, in view of its revolving light.     All
the shore, fifteen or twenty miles off, is shoaly
and sand; we are coasting North Carolina.
The students aboard expected a great turn-out
of Charleston friends to welcome them, had they
come in the numbers anticipated.       They had
telegraphed an inquiry from New York to the
principal of a Charleston medical college, asking
whether they could complete their broken-off north-
ern studies without additional payment, but got
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and seventy-four
Description:Describes his voyage aboard the ''Marion'' to Charleston, South Carolina.
Date:1860-12-20
Subject:Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marion (Ship); Ocean travel; Travel; Whiting, Samuel
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; New York, [New York]; North Carolina
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.