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	      Sights at Sea.
a negative reply.     To my berth by 9  , read
awhile, then to sleep.
  22.  Saturday.   A beautiful morning;
a wall of delicately-tinted cloud in the north,
rising higher and higher towards the east, par-
tially concealing the glorious sun, whose beams,
radiating below in the broad fan-like shape
often seen in conventional representation, rest-
ed in a sea of molten glory on the ocean-floor;
the water elsewhere of a dead green, only
between the sun and vessel lay a broad path
of bright gold in which the waves danced and
laughed in corrugated glory.   Overhead, above
the rampart of cloud the sky was beautifully,
delicately blue.  As the day grew older, the
sea became rough with dashing spray.  Look-
ing on it and thinking of the  Tempest,  I seem-
ed to understand how such creations as Ariel
grew out of visible nature.            Lying in the
warm and pleasant sunlight, reading, loafing,
chaff and a friendly struggle with the dentist,
about the possession of a chair, in which I dis-
comfitted him.         A doze in the afternoon, anon
on deck again.         Two steamers visible in the
evening, one the  Augusta,  a Savannah boat,
the other the  Columbia,  a Charleston one, the
first responded to our signal by a rocket, the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and seventy-six
Description:Describes his voyage aboard the ''Marion'' to Charleston, South Carolina.
Subject:Augusta (Ship); Columbia (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marion (Ship); Ocean travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Savannah, [Georgia]; Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-04-30


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.