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	Colt returns North.
ed had misrepresented the circumstances lead-
ing to the fight to his second, who was at once
consequential and ignorant and who talked jerk-
ily of some authority on duelling, but after more
blatherskite refused to proceed on behalf of his
principal, to whom he withdrew and presently
carried off.    There was more dreary waiting on
our part, at length I got Colt out at a side
door and we went through bye-streets and the
rain down town, he apprehensive all the time
of being waylaid and set upon.       Carlyle was
not at the Courier office, so we returned to
the hotel, having oysters at my suggestion by
the way.     Colt came into my room where there
was a dull fire and I read Dickens to him,
I think Great Expectations.   Subsequently we
got to reciting poetry and I made him so ner-
vous with Hood s Eugene Aram that he cut
me short.       And by midnight we parted and
each sought his bed.         Next day Colt re-
turned to New York by steamboat, the last
I saw of him being his face in the hotel coach
which was to bear him to the wharf.    I missed
him awhile, for we had been much together,
on some nights sitting in my former chamber
drinking sufficiently bad whiskey, a bottle
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page nineteen
Description:Describes his last evening spent with A.H. Colt before Colt's departure for New York.
Subject:Carlyle; Colt, Amos H.; Duels; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Poetry
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]; New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-05-07


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.