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            A drunken and dramatic Hatter.
red at.     To the hotel and Carlyle, meeting
Ripley and W. Waud there.   I carried the former
off to a King Street photographer, to get his portrait
(the one inserted at page 50) returning to din-
ner.    In my room till 6.     After supper talking
with Marchant, (whose grand anti-perspective
free trade transparency, in front of his theatre,
had been utterly demolished and scattered by  the
wind and the rain of the previous day) when we
were presently accosted by a Mr Harry Covert,
a wholesale hatter of Meeting Street, not far from
the appro Charleston Hotel, on the opposite side of
the way.         He was a rather small, red-haired
man with a heavy moustache and imperial, a
la Napoleon 3, a member of the Rutledge Moun-
ted Rifles.      Being rather inebriated, he must
needs insist on our going off to a King Street
restaurant to see him sup and drink champagne,
during which proceedings we were joined by an
old boy, the proprietor of Marchant s theatre, who
presently left us.          In an hour we adjourned to
the theatre, to Marchant s  bijou  as young ass
Wood affectedly denominated it, there to drink
Sauterne.        Covert grew dramatic in proportion
to his intoxication and would fain give us a spe-
cimen of his histrionic abilities, so, with Lavine,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page ninety-nine
Description:Describes a hatter named Harry Covert.
Date:1861-01-24
Subject:Carlyle; Covert, Harry; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lavine; Marchant; Ripley, R.S.; Waud, William; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]
Coverage (Street):King Street; Meeting Street
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.