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                 A Negro s Unveracity.
del club and speaks hopefully of his London
prospects.         I find a letter, too, from
Mr Edwards, dated Jan 6, acknowledging
the receipt of one of mine written on Jan 2,
re-telling the Christmas doings at 745,
speaking of the death of Knudsen s wife and
describing the hoaxing of Jack Crockett by Tou-
sey s assumption of female attire, which the
old gentleman had apparently forgotten that
I was a witness of.
  7.  Monday.   I had arranged with W. Waud
to accompany him and Carlyle to Sullivan s
Island, but missed it.          They sent a nigger
upstairs to summons me and he naturally pre-
ferred lying to ascending four stairs, so he
told  em I wasn t in my room.       Out to the
Express Office, where were Lindsay, Wood-
ward and others.         To Courier Office, saw
Bird, to the ferry-wharf and to Kynaston s
business place.    Loafing with him up (or down)
East Bay, up Broad, to Meeting street, into
the Express office again.   There was a very
handsome  double-repeating  revolver there, to
be presented to Captain Coste, ostensibly by
friends and citizens of Charleston, really as
an advertisement and propitiation by Lind-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page forty-five
Description:Mentions a letter from Mr. Edwards.
Date:1861-01-06
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bird, Dr.; Carlyle; Coste, Captain; Crockett, John; Edwards, George; Firearms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm, Mrs.; Kynaston; Lindsay; Slaves; Tousey; Waud, William; Woodward (Charleston)
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; London, [England]
Coverage (Street):Broad; East Bay; Meeting Street
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.