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	Sale of Slaves.
  31. Thursday.   With Marchant to his
theatre, where I loafed for half an hour in
his  manager s room  until he was ready
to accompany me to a Slave Auction, the
announcement of which I had seen in the
Mercury, printed on the other side of
a corner containing a
 Sonnet addressed to
the honorable R. B.
Rhett, by a daughter 
of the Republic of
South Carolina,  which
commences thus:

[newspaper clipping]
    A Valuable Bricklayer and Field Hands.
Will be sold at the Mart, in Chalmers street, TO-MOR-
  ROW, the 31st inst., at 11 o clock, the following NEGROS,
  at the risk of the former purchaser, he having failed to
  comply with terms.
     ISAAC, aged about 20, a valuable Bricklayer.
     PRINCE, aged about 24, a Mill and Field Hand.
     MAY, aged about 27, a Mill and Field Hand.
Conditions cash.		jan 25		January 30

[Gunn s diary continued]
   Rejoicing in our freedom, it is meet &c! 
The morning was a lovely one, the day sunny
but deliciously cool.   Chalmers street runs
transversely from Meeting to the river side
or to East Bay.    I had noticed before a sign
board with  Slaves for Sale by R. M. Owings 
on it, on the other side of the way from the
Auction Mart, which was next door to a buil-
ding occupied by a fire-company.
the public were informed that
business was to be done by the customary red
flag, besides which a post with a
large gilt star on its summit indicated the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and twenty-four
Description:Regarding a slave auction held in Charleston.
Subject:Auctions; Bennett, I.S.K.; Charleston mercury.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Isaac; May (slave); Owings, R.M.; Poems; Prince; Rhett, R.B.; Slavery; Slaves
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston], South Carolina
Coverage (Street):Chalmers Street; East Bay; Meeting
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.