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	New York Rumor about
Rodney Buildings and writes of my mother as
only one good earnest-hearted woman can of ano-
ther.          My letter did reach Hannah, as I con-
jectured at Chigwell,  no one knew of it. 
  Boweryem s letter told me that he had expected
to have been in Georgia, on an advertisement col-
lecting expedition for a projected paper, in antici- 
pation of which a previous epistle from the little
man had informed me that he had devised an
elaborate fiction for the conservation of his safety  
setting forth the ruin of his family by West In-
dian emancipation! &c.      My letters to Haney
and  Bolton,  Boweryem stated, had been violated,
opened and clumsily re-sealed.    On Sunday last,
Shepherd appeared at 132 Bleecker,  asking
questions and disseminating rumors    was I in
Charleston or not?   did Mrs Boley know
of my being tarred and feathered and ridden
on a rail, my head shaved &c?        Boweryem
was absent; this was reported to him by the board-
ers.    He met Banks, who confirmed the story
 all the fellows at Mataran s were talking of it
  he had just left them.     At Mataran s Bowery-
em met found Gaylor lunching with Wilkins  
summoned him from the table, told him he was
 authoritatively able  to deny the rumor, begged
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page eighty-two
Description:Regarding a rumor in New York about his having been tarred and feathered in Charleston.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bennett, Hannah; Bigelow, John; Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Gayler, Charles; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Mataran's (New York, N.Y.); Shepherd, N.G.; Wilkins, Ed. G. P.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Charleston, [South Carolina]; Chigwell, [England]; Georgia
Coverage (Street):132 Bleecker
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.