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I adopted it, selecting one particular  boy 
and feeing him with quarter-dollars about
thrice a week, when he attended me royally.
 That s my boss!  I have heard him say to
a fellow-slave in the corridor, as I passed.
These waiters were all slaves, hired by the
landlord of the hotel at $10 per month from
their masters.      They were wondrously assiduous
and dutiful when stimulated by money or 
thanks but could be negligent and provoking
enough without those inducements.  Natural
enough, God Knows!         When a planter or
traveller brings his own  boy  to an hotel, he
does not pay for his board, but the slave s ser-
vices are considered an equivalent, to be rendered
first to his master, then to guests in general.
One  boy,  a sharp fellow, who could keep
accounts, or possessed some unusual qualifica-
tions, got $6 bonus monthly, from Mixer
the landlord.   They were neatly-dressed, not
at all unintelligent-looking fellows, most of
them wore rings, some of them watches and
chains.           It was appalling to see how comple-
tely they accepted their position as slaves, how
every word and action implied their recognition
of the unchristian belief in their essential in-
feriority.      Approbative in the extremest de-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and four
Description:Describes the slaves at the Charleston Hotel.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hotels; Mixer; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-05-04


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.