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       An  Enthusiast  about the Slave-Trade!
and shot in the back, set upon by numbers or
the like, in consideration of his being a stranger
and a New Yorker.        He had consulted Charley
Lamar, an acquaintance of his (a man who had
attained notoriety in consequence of his ownership
and captainship of the slaver Wanderer   and
to whom I was introduced over the dinner-table
at the Charleston Hotel) and got this advice,
 If he give you any trouble, call him out and
shoot him.    (I must add here, that the Charles-
tonians speak of the Slave-trade as thought it were
an amiable weakness   a virtue pushed to excess.
 He s quite an enthusiast on the subject!  said Car-
lyle to me, speaking of Lamar.     Yet Bird his gen-
tle-hearted brother-in-law utterly abhorred the acc-
ursed traffic.)        To return to the quarrel.     I took
a chair beside Colt and waited.           He returned
my revolver to me, so that I had two (!) both 
loaded.     He requested me, in case of a rush
being made upon him, of which he was apprehen-
sive, to cover Morgan s second who I think was
a Virginian and am sure was an ass.         Wearing
a military costume he came forwards at length
and demanding to speak with Colt, drew him be-
hind a screen, from which they presently emer-
ged continuing the conversation.   Morgan, it seem-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page eighteen
Description:Describes the outcome of a conflict between A.H. Colt and Woodward, turning into a dispute between Colt and St. Clair Morgan.
Date:1861-01-01
Subject:Bird, Dr.; Carlyle; Colt, Amos H.; Duels; Firearms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lamar, Charles; Morgan, St. Clair M.; Slavery; Wanderer (Ship)
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-05-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen
Description:Describes 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, including a conflict between A.H. Colt and Mr. Woodward, a visit to Sullivan's Island, John Mitchel's tale of assisting with the lynching of an abolitionist, attending a celebration in honor of Benjamin Mordecai, Will Waud's arrival in Charleston, the scene in Charleston the day the ''Star of the West'' was fired upon by the Morris Island battery, pistol and rifle practice with various Charlestonians, a rumor in New York about his having been tarred and feathered in Charleston, a visit to the quarters of the ''Richland Rifles,'' witnessing a slave auction, and a visit to Colonel Bull's home.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; 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.