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           An English Couple in Charleston.
a low coke fire which he made up out of compli-
ment to me and produced cigars, gin and whis-
key.      His wife and boy were out at church.
A rather prettyish colored girl waited carelessly
on us; she was a slave, hired from her owner,
his employer.    He was a good, civil middle class
Englishman was Kynaston, a little of the bag-
man order; I think he came from Birmingham
and I know he dropped his H s.    His wife ap-
peared in the shape of a woman much younger
than himself, rather gaily attired, but speaking
little.     She didn t like the South very much nor
any place so well as England.       Kynaston spoke
of the liberality of his employers and thought Sla-
very right.     He told me he had seen a man tar-
red and feathered and ridden on a rail in front
of the Charleston Hotel, for saying he would have
voted for Lincoln.      The papers had nothing about
it, he said.     (I think he was mistaken there
as I remember reading something of it in New
York.)       I supped and stayed till 7, returning
through the wet, black, blustrous night, with a
lot of sample tobacco and a bottle of exceedingly
good Bourbon whiskey which the friendly Kynas-
ton had given to me.              Wrote a letter to Ha-
ney before going to bed.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page seventy-five
Description:Describes a visit to the Kynaston family.
Date:1861-01-13
Subject:African Americans; Charleston Hotel (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Kynaston; Kynaston, Jr.; Kynaston, Mrs.; Lincoln, Abraham; Slavery; Slaves
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-05-11

 

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.