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	The Auction-Mart.
locality, as also the word  Mart  above the arch-
way, over a gate of ornamental
iron work.  The interior was a longish cool
room, with yellow-washed walls and a white-
washed roof, lit on one side by an open arch-
way near the ceiling, and on the other by a
square aperture at the farther end, where the
side wall did not reach the rear one
by four or five feet at the top, affording a
glimpse of bright blue sky and the spire of the
church in front of which Calhoun lies buried.
Through an arched doorway in the rear could be
seen a portion of a yard which, as Marchant
remarked, had a very King s Bench aspect.  Some
negro men and children were playing there.   The
auction hall had two long low benches or tables pla-
ced against the wall on the left side, with steps
between them and at the further end, for the
purpose of ascent.   Opposite there was a narrower
bench running from front to rear on an elevation
of two steps, for the accommodation of the public.
From twenty to thirty persons had assembled,
generally respectable-looking business men, attired
after the conventional Charleston fashion in black,
with a minority of home-spun clad country men.
The sale was in progress when we entered,  Isaac 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and twenty-five
Description:Regarding a slave auction held in Charleston.
Date:1861-01-31
Subject:African Americans; Auctions; Calhoun, John C.; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Isaac; Marchant; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves
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.