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                Bunch, the British Consul.
  Going down Meeting Street towards the Bat-
tery, the aristocratic end of it, I made a call
at the British Consulate, presenting my passport
and the letter from Mr. King to Robert Brunch
Esquire, Her Majesty s representative at the port
of Charleston.       Him I found to be a sol slim
elderly, neatly-shaved man attired in gray,
with a tendency to baldness.   His office was an
exceedingly British-looking apartment, with por-
traits of the Queen, Prince Albert, the Prince
of Wales, sketches of noble heads and a large
engraving of the coronation.      Bunch himself,
a chatty, diplomatic, amusingly British person,
in manner, speech and opinions, was fussing
about affixing a little gilt Prince of Wales fea-
thers (which he told me he had got from New
York) above the portrait, a task which he present-
ly abandoned.       He had been consul at seve-
ral South American courts and talked most
amusingly of them and of the South Carolinians,
insomuch that I was half-laughing the whole time.
He told me he had been on board the Harriet
Lane on the Prince s entrance to New York
and that the Prince had intimated an intention,
on the completion of his education to visit the
West Indies and the Southern states.          Bunch
had a letter for me, from Boweryem,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and eighty-two
Description:Describes meeting the British Consul Robert Bunch in Charleston.
Date:1860-12-24
Subject:Boweryem, George; Bunch, Robert; Edward VII, King of Great Britain; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harriet Lane (Ship); King, William
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina; New York, [New York]; South America
Coverage (Street):Meeting Street
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.