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            Return to Charleston.     Balzac.
whom Babbage spoke not praisingly.   Waud
and I had coffee with Babbage at his rooms,
then adjourned to the hotel, from which after ob-
taining necessary sketching materials W. Waud
set off to return to Sullivan s Island.      I scored
up diary for ten pages, then wrote a letter to the
Post and one to Haney remaining in my room
all the afternoon, and till the usual time,
when I received a letter from Mary Anne,
inclosed in a brief note by Boweryem and one
from Haney, the latter informing me that
money ought to have been sent to me by the
Post on last Tuesday.       Acknowledged receipt
of letters by a hasty line, then down town.    At
the Courier Office awhile, returning with Car-
lyle in an hour s time.     Meeting Bryan of the
telegraph who whispered him, Carlyle presently
told me of a negro s having brought in a report
of a strange steamer on the coast, having rowed
some miles on his own responsibility to convey the
news to his master.        Of course Carlyle instan-
ced this as an evidence of the attachment sub-
sisting between master and slave.    At the hotel.
Read the whole of Balzac s Petty Annoyances of
Married life in bed, waking up at 2 to conclude
that diabolically clever and infernally knowing book.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and fourteen
Description:Mentions reading and enjoying a book by Honore de Balzac.
Date:1861-01-28
Subject:Babbage, George; Books and reading; Boweryem, George; Bryan; Carlyle; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Journalism; New York evening post.; Slavery; Slaves; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
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.