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         Another New York Correspondent
have introduced before.     About two weeks
ago, Mixer, the landlord s son told me that
a Mr Russell Ramsay  from England  had
arrived and was desirous of knowing me, adding
that he had put him into a room next to mine.
Whether his first name involuntarily suggested
a newspaper correspondent, being that of the
Times world-famous one, I don t know, but
I ascended the stairs with some distrust
that this Englishman might have been dis-
patched hither from over the water and might
perhaps compromise my secret business.  An
interview with him set me at ease.      I found
a youngish, slim, rather spotty faced fellow,
not very well-dressed and with mediocre, mid-
dle class English characteristics and proclivities.
He said he was travelling for a Manchester
firm, desirous of taking advantage of the ex-
pected Free Trade millennium, to be inaugurated
by the Southern Confederacy.      He talked a
good deal, too, of Philadelphia, where he had
resided, mentioning Forney s  Press  and Shel-
ton Mackenzie.      I thought I might get an item
or two from him about th feelings of the cotton
brokers and planters with regard to Secession,
and questioning him, found additional reason
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and thirty-four
Description:Describes Russell Ramsay, a newspaper correspondent of the New York Tribune in Charleston.
Date:1861-02-03
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Mackenzie, Shelton; Mixer, Jr.; New York tribune.; Ramsay, Russell (Buckstone); Secession
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
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.