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                A Letter from Bigelow.
Returning, we looked in at Woodward s
house, being introduced to his wife and some
lady friend, also a child or two, to all of whom
Lindsay was most politically friendly.   W. Waud
too, these ladies had met before, in convention
time.    Woodward showed very hospitable though
he was far from well.             Returned to the hotel
and remained in doors during the evening.
  I must have received a note from Bigelow
during the past four or five days, for it bears
the date of Jan 2.         He wrote, of course under
the assumed name of Edgar Bolton,  was glad
to learn that I was getting on so well with my
sketches as it would be difficult for the people
of the old country to comprehend what was going
on in Charleston without &c &c. , thought
that none of my favors had missed  (but pray
don t get into any trouble)    didn t see how a
collision could be avoided, anticipated that
Maryland would go with the South, encoura-
ging the plans to transfer the Capitol to the
Secessionists, which of course would involve a
war; bade me attend to my own business,
would be glad to hear from me but request-
ed me not to write anything to compromise
me ( let the Americans skin their own skunks.)
and addressed his letter to the British Consul,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page forty-three
Description:Describes a letter from Bigelow.
Date:1861-01-06
Subject:Bigelow, John; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lindsay; Secession; Waud, William; Woodward (Charleston); Woodward, Mrs. (Charleston)
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; Maryland
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.