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               A worthy Son of his Father.
gator of the slaves to poison their masters.   I
said that I had always found the allegation, that
abolition emissaries were employed for such atro-
cious purposes difficult of belief; when both Car-
lyle and Mitchel declared that such was the case,
evidently fully crediting it.    Did you never see
any of their pamphlets, published for secret cir-
culation among our niggers?  asked Mitchel,
promising to procure some for my perusal.
Returning to the subject of the lynching, he contin-
ued:  We had arrested him once before, and
proved that he was a liar and a Yankee.
We had him watched and made sure of it next 
time.   We found letters from prominent abolitionists
on him, or in his trunk, and powders   poison
to give to slaves.   I was on the jury that tried
him, and I helped to hang him.        I expressed
su^|r|prise that any man should be insane or wicked
enough to engage in such an enterprize as that
attributed to the  Yankee,  when Carlyle struck in
with,  You can get a Yankee to do anything
for money   no doubt he was paid for it.     He
got $30 a week and his expenses,  said Mit-
chel.     So we walked up to the Charleston
Hotel together, at which place the hopeful
son of a villanous father had put up, on the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page twenty-nine
Description:Regarding John Mitchel's tale of assisting with the lynching of an abolitionist.
Date:1861-01-04
Subject:Abolition; Carlyle; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mitchel, John, Jr.; Slaves
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.