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                Adams  Express Office
  I did a good deal of incidental loafing at
the Adam s Express Office, a handsome spa-
cious building on the corner of Meeting Street and a side
street, the principal business man of which was
a Mr Woodward, a Baltimorean and exceeding-
ly friendly fellow   a tall hazel-eyed, dark
haired, rather thin person with a thoroughly Ame-
rican countenance.   He had known W. Waud
when the latter was in Charleston during the 
Democratic convention and been obliging to him
in many ways.         This Express Office, a
spacious, very lengthy room, became quite the
head-quarters of some eight or ten of us, one
naturally dropped into it to hear and exchange
the news.               Colt and Lindsay had their
arms there, the former being jealous of the
latter, who politically had secured Woodward s
goodwill over that effected in favor of his
rival, of which more anon.           Lindsay was
a good-looking, rather bald-headed man with
a broad brownish beard and an eternal cigar,
very friendly and conciliatory towards every-
body; I should have supposed him a New
Yorker but that he told me he was born in 
Vermont, on the Canadian border.   Colt spoke
dispraisingly of him as  a Yankee,  though
he himself displayed more of the characteristics
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and ninety-five
Description:Mentions time spent in Adams' Express Office in Charleston.
Date:1860-12-31
Subject:Colt, Amos H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lindsay; Waud, William; Woodward (Charleston)
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; Vermont
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.