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             A Miserable Christmas Day.
rainy day, myself, in a little, dreary, side
room, up three stories, looking out on Hayne 
street, the window aggravatingly in a corner,
the fire (which went out twice or thrice, under
the carelessness of the negro attendant) in the
other.        Here I set to work to write my first
letter to the Evening Post and here, at about
noon, Frank Wood came up to me.       He
bragged a good deal about the people he knew,
his experience of Charleston and Columbia,
his intimacy with Paul Hayne the poet &c,
how he was  the first man arrested for debt
in the independent republic of South Carolina 
and much more, talking secession glibly
enough.     Of course I said not a word of
my real business to him and he credited
my imaginary one, that of sketching for
the Illustrated London News readily enough.
So after an hour he left and I wrote on,
nervously and sadly enough, thinking of Cha-
combe, of home and of the Edwardses and
what they were then doing, picturing it in detail,
hourly, while the afternoon grew duller and
darker, and I heard an occasional squib 
or cracker explode in the rainy street out-
side, until when darkness came I had a
bit of a relapse into downright hypochondria
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and eighty-five
Description:Describes his Christmas Day spent in Charleston, South Carolina.
Date:1860-12-25
Subject:Christmas; Debt; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayne, Paul Hamilton; Illustrated London news.; New York evening post.; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina
Coverage (Street):Hayne 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.