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             What might have Happened.
a letter of mine produced   denied   a cry
rised of  Let s lynch the G__ d___ s__ of a 
b____!    hands upon me   a mad scuffle  
snap! snap! bang   a man or two shot down
  then a knife-thrust or a pistol bullet in one s
heart, a keen pang of physical pain, a rush
of hot blood, a dreadful ache like that following
a bad cut intensified, a sense of syncope   extreme weakness
or suffocation and all over!         I even
wondered how it would reach the ears of my
friends and those who loved me, what sort of
a story would be related.             There were times
when I was so morbid and miserable that
I seemed not to care much how the business
ended, but this was only during the first
week, when the weather, the ominous aspect
of affairs and the weary eternal talk of Se-
cession had combined to oppress me.   New
York and England appeared a long way off;
I had no particular desire to back out from
my task either though I felt I was in for the
entire performance and could not avoid being
tremendously interested in it.      But it was
hardly a jolly time and I often thought there
were folks living at home at ease who earned
$15 a week more comfortably.    When
the weather improved and my legs didn t  ache
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and nine
Description:Describes his apprehensions of danger about his position in Charleston.
Date:1860-12-31
Subject:Firearms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Secession
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]; New York, [New York]; England
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.