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               Serenading a Slave-Broker.
sequently we went to the Express office where
were Lindsay, Marchant, Woodward and others,
awaiting the arrival of a German band of music
with which it had been arranged to serenade
a Mr Benjamin Mordecai, who had given the
sum of $1,000 to the state of South Carolina
which fact had been duly chronicled and com-
mended in this day s papers.      When the band
arrived, it entered the Express office and played
sundry tunes, particularly Dixie, with a blare
of brazen instruments maddening to listen to.
W. Waud had gone off to visit some acquain-
tances, so when a procession was formed, I
walked arm in arm with Marchant through
Meeting, into King and further up a quiet
street until we reached the residence of Mor-
decai the Jew   for Jew he was and Slave-
broker also, as well as money lender and stock-
jobber.       The band played, the concourse
cheered, the door opened and an invitation to
enter was accorded in the words  Gentlemen
walk in!         And we did walk into two
nearly furnished rooms front and rear,
where there occurred a good deal of crowding
and, in the latter, a good deal of drinking
with toasts considered appropriate to the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page thirty-nine
Description:Regarding music played by a German band in honor of Benjamin Mordecai, who gave the state of South Carolina $1,000.
Subject:Germans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jews; Lindsay; Marchant; Mordecai, Benjamin; Music; Slavery; Waud, William; Woodward (Charleston)
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston], South Carolina
Coverage (Street):King; Meeting
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.