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	     Young Vitriol. 
scalding water because his sweethearts hair
wont curl; or make one in love with six women
in succession who all reject him, let him flay
himself and sprinkle salt on his cuticle while
they all destroy themselves with pounded glass
because he wouldn t ask them once more before
he took his rash and final step.       Hide and Sick
would be a tolerable title for such a story.  x  x
Poor Knudsen s wife died in the Bloomingdale Asy-
lum, quite suddenly, the day after Christmas.    He
is much grieved, the more so because he fancies
everything about his levity in enjoying himself
at Christmas, while she was so ill.         Poor man!
no one has less need to accuse himself.         Being
at the Courier Office this evening, I found
with Carlyle, a young beardless lad of twenty,
rather thin and slight in figure, but of mid-
dle height, with round grey eyes, rather an ac-
quiline nose, a decided mouth and anything but
an agreable expression of countenance.   His face
only lacked vigor and fellness to have served
for an exact model for a Grand Inquisitor.
There was a look of latent, dangerous fanaticism
in it which fascinated and repelled you.      This
youth proved to be none other than John Michel,
son to the Irish convict-patriot and was horri-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page twenty-five
Description:Mentions the death of Knudsen's wife as learned from a letter from Jesse Haney.
Date:1861-01-04
Subject:Carlyle; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm, Mrs.; Mitchel, John; Mitchel, John, Jr.; Suicide
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.