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the carpet, probably dropped by the chamber-
maid, whom he called rather familiarly, and
attempted something of a joke on the cir-
cumstance, evidently supposing or assuming
that I had had a bedfellow   perhaps brought
one home.  But the damsel, by no means a
well-favored Irish one, was indignant at his
presumption: who was he talking to? she asked,
she d let him know she was no Wench!      I
heard it all from an opposite room, whither I
had temporarily retired, during the cleansing of
mine; at first I couldn t make out what the
object of interest might be, imagining it some
drawing instrument, the use of which the  boy 
couldn t understand.       Only white porters are
allowed to handle baggage; I suppose the slaves
would steal.                To resume my day s
routine; after breakfast, I generally strolled
to the Express office, smoking a cigar or so
(I became a prodigious consumer of  weeds in
Charleston, where you get  em very good) by the
way, perhaps continuing my stroll to the Courier
Office or elsewhere.     At 2 or 3 we dined.
I generally wrote during the afternoon and part
of the evening.   Then the hall of the hotel presented
a busy scene, which I have duly described in
my letters to the Post.           I always carried a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and six
Description:Describes the slaves at the Charleston Hotel.
Date:1860-12-31
Subject:African Americans; Charleston Hotel (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hotels; Irish; Slaves; Working class women
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-05-04

 

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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.