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	 Carlyle and Colt.
familiar enough afterwards, I presented Sco-
ville s note of introduction to Carlyle, one of
its editors.       He was a tall man, over six
feet in heighth, rather inclining to baldness, beard-
ed and moustached with dark hair, rather dig-
nified but very courteous in manner.   He sat
at his editorial desk, writing and conversing
with a man of about his own age, 37 or 39,
the latter with a thin, keen, nervous, sharp,
hard-looking face, a moustache, shaven chin
and curly black hair.            This person, introdu-
ced to me as Captain Colt, agent for Colonel 
Sam Colt s arms-factory, wore a naval look-
ing cap and a cloak and was a New Yorker,
come hither to sell weapons.    After some talk
we all walked up-town together, drinking and
making new acquaintances at the Mills House
on our way.             Dinner at the hotel.   More
loafing during the afternoon and with Colt
to Institute or Secession Hall to hear a party 
of  minstrels  who performed a  Secession
Quick-Step (!) in the course of the entertain-
ment.       It was curious to observe the unfeigned
enjoyment of the negroes in the galleries at the 
doings of their imitators on the stage.
  25.  Tuesday.   The most miserable Christ-
mas Day I ever experienced.    A dull, soft,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and eighty-four
Description:Describes his first day in Charleston, South Carolina.
Date:1860-12-24
Subject:African Americans; Carlyle; Christmas; Colt, Amos H.; Colt, Samuel; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Scoville, Joe; Secession
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]; New York, [New York]
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.