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        My life in the Charleston Hotel.
self changed to another room at the hotel,
48 in number, on floor higher, at the rear of
the building, looking out at a sort of quadrangu-
lar prospect including the servants quarters, and
over the roof, the mistily seen bay and harbor.
Colt occupied the next apartment, which, like
mine had a window, not in the corner, though
the little fireplace was.   Outside, the long
corridor, lit at night by gas, had a dreary,
prison like aspect, with the numbered doors,
a sort of barred still room or laundry near one
end and a window looking out on Hayne Street.
By night there was a hideous amount of tramping
up and down, the servants, white or black, being
heavy-footed and apparently stupidly indifferent
to the comfort of the sleepers.    Often, when tired
out, nervous, dreary and morbid, my legs
aching with rheumatism, I d get to sleep, I d
start up with of a temporary alarm,
and then lay, lonely and sad, till slumber came
again.      In the morning I never cared to rise
early, getting down to breakfast by 9  , when
I d buy the morning s Courier and Mercury in
the hall of the hotel, then enter the big dining
room and order breakfast.    At first, I fared
indifferently, but presently finding that the
system of bucksheesh was in general operation,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and three
Description:Describes the Charleston Hotel.
Date:1860-12-31
Subject:Charleston Hotel (Charleston, S.C.); Colt, Amos H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hotels
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]
Coverage (Street):Hayne Street
Scan Date:2010-05-04

 

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.