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mounted the stand.    He was a tallish, thin
negro, prepossessing and mild in aspect, and
induced more competition than his predecessor.
When the auctioneer s pencil struck the copy-book,
in sign of effected sale, it was presently to put
down the sum of $865, as the price obtained.
Then  May  was bidden to step up.   He looked
a  boy  in the English sense of the word, and the
auctioneer commended him as a carpenter;  he
says he can build a house,  said he.          One
bidder, a youngish man, told May to come to 
and questioned him.     Many of the spectators
left after the sale of  Prince;  Marchant had
done so before, in consequence of his nose bleeding.
May was presently sold for $960, and we
all trooped forth into the cool, sunny morning.
Everything transpired in a matter-of-fact, busi-
ness manner, the reverse of melodramatic, but
the thing was painful to witness nevertheless, the
bare fact of the undisguised sale of a human beings 
could not be other than shocking to one s sym-
pathies and convictions.    I strolled about awhile,
thought how Prince s docile appealing face would
have affected Charles Lamb, then went to the
Express Office, where I got a brief note from
Henderson, the treasurer of the Evening Post, con-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Regarding a slave auction held in Charleston.
Date:1861-01-31
Subject:African Americans; Auctions; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Henderson; Lamb, Charles; Marchant; May (slave); New York evening post.; Prince; 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.