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of the closing of the mail at 9 o clock, getting
a quarter of an hour s warning from the chimes
of St. Michael s church, which play until the striking
of 9, to bid all negroes, unless provided with a pass,
home.  Charleston is such an old-fashioned city
that Carlyle assured me that many of the inhabi-
tants go to bed at that primitive hour.   Fif-
teen minutes afforded me ample time to reach the
post-office, I have done it twice or thrice in a
crisis, by a swift run, in five.           I always in-
closed my letters (generally consisting of six
pages of thin French letter-paper, such as is used
for transatlantic correspondence,) in two envelopes,
the inner directed simply to  Edgar Bolton Esq, 
the outer to C. E. Miller, a young lawyer having
an office in the same building as the  Evening Post 
office, which, being a corner house, with two num-
bers, I used the Liberty not the Nassau Street
one in directing my letter, for the latter is a
well-known newspaper street and this particular
number appeared on every copy of the  Post  pub-
lished, just under its title, hence it might have
exposed my letters to suspicion.     Hastily
sealing my epistle, then, I would hurry through
the long corridors of the hotel, down its four story
staircase and into the crowded hall, all reso-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page sixty-five
Description:Describes precautions he takes as a correspondent of the ''Evening Post.''
Subject:African Americans; Bigelow, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Miller, C.E.; New York evening post.; Slaves
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
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.