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	Their Characteristics.
gree   if you prefaced a request with,  Will
you oblige me  or I ll thank you,  your
 boy  absolutely cut a caper of delight before he
rushed off to obey the mandate   they seemed
like so many grown-up children and set me
to speculating whether African character must not
be amiable, to some extent, even in its native bar-
barism.         Often thoughtless, bringing something
without its necessary condiments, they could remem-
ber one s likings; the second day of my  boy s 
service he duplicated my yesterday s breakfast,
without a word of my ordering, insomuch
that I had to tell him to come to me first,
in future, which he obeyed.   How one can
understand how this obesience gratifies the re-
cipient, how he comes to consider it essential, how
in fact the mutual relations between slave and
slave-owner make the problem almost inextrica-
ble!            There was always too much noise at
table, quiet is a luxury as yet appertaining
to a higher civilization that than that of
South Carolina.      Some Irish waiters appeared
in authority over the negroes, quite conscious of
the aristocracy involved in their cuticle.     One
morning one of the  firemen,  a good-looking
mulatto being engaged in making a fire in
my room, found a woman s hair-pin on
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and five
Description:Describes the slaves at the Charleston Hotel.
Date:1860-12-31
Subject:Charleston Hotel (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hotels; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston], South Carolina
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.