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          A Judicial Premium for Murder.
We had met Speck at the bar below and
he was one of the listeners to the song.   At
the Charleston hotel, drinking and conversing
with a newly arrived troop of Minstrels.  Abed
by 11  .      An intermittently rainy evening.
  2.  Saturday.   With W. Waud to the Con-
sulate, where we stayed for nearly an hour,
Bunch talking and telling stories both of his
South American and Carolinian experience.
Talking of Slavery, I cut out from a paper
lying on the table, the Wilmington Journal
in North Carolina for Jan. 31, this advertise-
ment which is worth a whole chapter or indeed
volume on the subject.   It offers a premium 
of $25 for murder:

[newspaper clipping]
              STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA,
	              NEW HANOVER COUNTY,
  WHEREAS, information hath this day been made to us,
James Garrason and F. H. Bell, two acting Justices
of the Peace, in and for said county, upon the oath of James
P. Moore, that Peter, a slave, of dark complexion, medium
size; five feet five or six inches high, rather good looking,
and aged about twenty years, the property of said James
P. Moore, has runaway and lies out, supposed to be lurking
about the county, in Long Creek.  Lower Black River and
Upper Black River districts, committing acts of felony and
other misdeeds: These, therefore, are to command the said
Peter, in the name of the State of North Carolina, to sur-
render himself forthwith to his said master, or some other
person; and we do hereby order this proclamation to be
published at the Court House door, and two other public
places in New Hanover county; and we warn said slave if
he does not immediately surrender himself as aforesaid, it
shall and may be lawful for any person to take him dead or
alive, without accusation or impeachment of any crime
whatsoever.  Given under our hands and seals, this 2d day
of August, A. D., 1860.
			JAS. GARRASON, J. P., (Seal.)
			F. H. BELL, J. P., (Seal.)
  I WILL GIVE A REWARD OF TWENTY-FIVE
DOLLARS for the delivery of the said PETER to me
at my Plantation alive, or Fifty dollars for his head.
Aug. 9, 1860 50-tf		JAS. P. MOORE.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and thirty-two
Description:Includes a newspaper clipping about an escaped slave named Peter.
Date:1861-02-01
Subject:African Americans; Bell, F.H.; Bunch, Robert; Garrason, James; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Moore, James P.; Peter; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves; Speck
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina; Wilmington, North Carolina; South America
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.