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	Convivial Secessionists
occasion.   Woodward, in proposing that of our
host, said,  I ll give you, gentlemen, Benja-
min Mordecai, the friend of Liberty!  when
all the people cheered.   Nobody seemed alive to
the tremendous absurdity of it.       After promiscuous
champagne, cigars and whiskey, round a huge
table which the crowd made an island of, the
majority started off, some twenty or thirty of
us receiving a private intimation to return and
make a night of it.         And we did so.      It was
rather an Israelitish assemblage, hooky noses,
black eyes and turgid lips preponderating.   Morde-
cai himself appeared an elderly and most hospitable
Hebrew.    The night, though wet, was not cold,
the room full, hence the windows opening on the
outer piazza or corridor were open, and each
one exhibited its complement of grinning black
faces.       It appeared a free and easy, hearty
crowd enough, curiously local, even colonial
in sentiment.    Woodward loomed up pretty
prominently, making brief speeches, in one of
which he said that his trade was that of an
Express man and that he d express South Caro-
lina right out of the Union! whereat, of course,
the crowd cheered.  The Queen was toasted
and  England and South Carolina! Mother
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page forty
Description:Regarding a celebration in honor of Benjamin Mordecai.
Date:1861-01-05
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jews; Mordecai, Benjamin; Secession; Woodward (Charleston)
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.