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	A Letter from Jack Edwards.

[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
and that he wished to substantiate it, is a gallant
gentleman, the proprietor of the Evening News, who
has been engaged as principal or second in several
duels, and is popularly known as  fighting Jack. 
  We fired  Old Secession,  and performed the re-
quisite amount of exultation on Saturday, in honor 
of that of Louisiana, which was confidently an-
ticipated.  To-day the state is chagrined at the
news of the reinforcement of the fortresses of
Virginia, and not indisposed to a ventilation of
ancient grudges against the  mother of statesmen. 
The Mercury, always inimical to her, has begun to 
improve the opportunity.  Here is a communication
which appeared in that paper of to-day:
     YANKEE SYMPATHY FOR SOUTHERN RIGHTS.
 To the Editor of the Mercury:
   To correct certain rumors that have gained cir-
culation in reference to my discharge from the em-
ploy of Walter Hovey, paint, oil and glass store,
No. 137 East Bay, you will please publish the fol-

[newspaper clipping continued: second column]
lowing facts:
   Being a member of a volunteer company, (the
Carolina Light Infantry,) and having been ordered
on duty at Castle Pinckney, some time since,
after an absence of fourteen days I returned and
resumed my duties as clerk, and continued to do so
until a few days since, when, to my surprise, I
found that he (Hovey) said that he would make a 
deduction in my salary for fourteen days  absence.
I objected to it, whereupon I received my dis-
charge.			Yours, respectfully,
			      JACOB F. MINTZING. 
  That Walter Hovey may shut up his store forth-
with.  He will probably be waited upon by a com-
mittee of gentlemen with a requisition to leave
Charleston within a limited time.  It behooves men
of northern birth to be very careful as to their be-
havior just now.  I regret to say that many of them
adopt an affectation of ultra devotion to  southern
rights,  at once warranting suspicion and odium.

[Gunn s diary continued]
Matty to a ball at the Academy of Music, on
tickets of Haney s purveying.   They come down in-
to the basement,  writes Jack,  to exhibit themselves;
father, mother, Sallie, Haney and Jim gazed at
them with admiration and they did look very pretty.
We were at the ball from 9   till 2  and the
girls had the bottoms of their dresses torn to tatters.
They voted a party in the basement a much plea-
santer affair on their return.        Jack is interrupt-
ed in writing by Jim and Fanny Fern,"and, 
what do you think?  F. F. would enter and de-
part by the basement, being very condescending.
Young Reese went to Macon Ga. and has
returned.   He bored the girls one evening by bring-
ing a copy of Young s Night Thoughts and reading
aloud to them.  Of course  adds Jack  he is a
Secessionist.    Knudsen is  getting gay  x  x  We
went with him to see Rarey on Saturday after
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes a letter from Jack Edwards.
Date:1861-01-28
Subject:Balls (Parties); Books and reading; Charleston mercury.; Cunningham, Jack; Duels; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hovey, Walter; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Military; Mintzing, Jacob F.; Parton, James; Rarey; Reese; Secession
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; [New York, New York]; Macon, [Georgia]; Louisiana; Virginia
Coverage (Street):137 East Bay
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.