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	The Charleston Hotel.
like a small old-fashioned New York.    The
first news that awaited us on landing was that
we were  out of the United States,  the ordinance
of Secession had passed on the 20th, the day
after our embarkation.            The city was very
quiet as we entered it, this Sunday afternoon,
I riding on coach-top with a fellow-passenger,
an Englishman, Oxfordshire born too, named
Hartley, on his way to Florida, thence to South
America, where he thought of settling for life.  Up
streets which I did not then know to be Broad
and Meeting, to the Charleston Hotel, our destina-
tion and my residence for the ensuing six weeks.
Here my baggage and that of the Oxfordshire-
man got conveyed by mistake to the railroad
dep t, giving us an uncomfortable half-hour until
its return.          Then I sought a room to which I
had been temporarily consigned, with Speck, Mac
Nutty and Odenheimer, the last a tall, fresh-
complexioned, fair-haired, fair-bearded Philadel-
phian, of naval calling and ultra-Southern pro-
clivities.     They were dressing for dinner, to
which meal I presently descended.   A huge room,
reminding me of that at the Ocean House, Newport,
with dinner in the usual hotel style and deferential
slave-waiters.      Afterwards, a walk with Hartley,
towards the citadel.      Plenty of flags flying, but
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and seventy-eight
Description:Describes his arrival in Charleston, South Carolina.
Date:1860-12-23
Subject:Charleston Hotel (Charleston, S.C.); Flags; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hartley (traveler); McNutty, Dr.; Odenheimer; Secession; Slavery; Speck
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; New York, [New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]; Newport, [Rhode Island]; Florida; South America
Coverage (Street):Broad; Meeting
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.