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	A Letter from Hannah.
W. Waud, Gonzalez, Carlyle and a French
drill master all entered one of the Express
wagons and bowled off through the town, talking
and singing, till we reached the  Schutzen platz, 
where we found old Coste, as appointed, and
practised firing with the Maynard and Warner
rifle and our revolvers till dusk.    Returning,
some of us went to the theatre and drank at
Marchant s invitation, anon to the hotel and
supper.    I loafed awhile with Marchant in the
hall then together to the Express Office.  To bed
pretty early.
  18.  Friday.   Not well.   A letter from Bowery-
em enclosing one from England, from Hannah.
The latter, written on the twenty-sixth of Decem-
ber, had a happy new year s greeting written
within its envelope.   It told of Christmas in peace-
ful blessed England, of the dear old village church
of Chacombe, decked with holly and ivy and box
 from our garden hedge  that I know so well;
of Hannah in her pew, alone, thinking and praying
for me; of the kind family group in the old
parlor,  little Polly,  (Charlotte s child) in the centre
 playing with her doll;  of Hannah alone in an
easy chair by the fire when the rest had gone to
bed still thinking of me   and more.         Of a visit
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page seventy-nine
Description:Describes a letter received from Hannah Bennett.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Boweryem, George; Carlyle; Christmas; Coste, Captain; Firearms; Gazey, Polly; Gonzalez; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marchant; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]; Chacombe, [England]
Scan Date:2010-05-11


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.