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	Charles s Chigwell Home
of Hannah s to Chigwell, where she stayed three
weeks, remaining another three weeks in London.
With her went a servant-girl, from Neithrop.  Char-
ley and Naomi met them at the station, the latter
coming for a parcel.   Here s Hannah s picture
of Charley s house:  A villa-gate, an iron gate and
grass plot in front, a white stone porch.  x  x  Two
fair-sized rooms with folding doors, light wall-
paper, nearly covered with Charley s loved pictures;
small-patterned green carpet, of the best quality;
walnut-wood chairs, six small and two easy,
a pretty couch covered with crimson plush, crim-
son curtains and table covers.   x  x  Large pier-
glasses, nearly alike, over two mantel pieces.  x  x
Front drawing-room has a large window, the
back opens into garden; cane chairs in that
room, a recess on each side of fire-place, cup-
boards beneath, filled with ornaments in china
and glass.            So that when the folding-doors
are opened and the sun shines in, the rooms look
very nice indeed.    Edwin bought the chair frames
and stuffed them for Charley;  x  x  made the
spring mattrasses;  x  x  owns contents of one
room.     A vegetable garden in which Charley works
when he can; pretty views all round, Hainault
forest edging the horizon, houses, trees and fields
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page eighty
Description:Describes his brother Charley's house at Chigwell, as taken from a letter received from Hannah Bennett.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]; London, [England]; Chigwell, [England]; Neithrop, [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.