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	     And his Doings.
for distrusting his assumed business.   To be
sure I did not suspect his real avocation   that
of cor Correspondent to the N.Y. Tribune   ex-
cept perhaps momentarily, and for this reason.
Many of the letters therein published, had really
contained blunders ^|and| mis-statements   even direct
lies, hence I then shared (and do share now) the
Charleston impression, that they were written in
New York.    This occurred before Ramsay s ar-
rival.      Hence I merely suspected he might be
scribbling for some Philadelphia daily, as I had
seen  letters from Charleston  published in the exchan-
ges from the Quaker City.           We talked awhile,
were friendly enough and met at dinner.    But
that evening he left the hotel for a cheaper boar-
ding house and, thinking him but a shallow 
fellow, I forgot him.           This morning he re-
appeared as related, saying that a friend had
left the boarding-house for the further South and
that he could no longer tolerate the atrociously bad
diet.     It is now my impression that he knew
scarcely anybody in Charleston and that he re-
turned to the hotel in order to cultivate acquaintan-
ces, that he might pick up items.         I knew
almost everybody and was rather popular than
otherwise as  the artist of the Illustrated Lon-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and thirty-five
Description:Describes Russell Ramsay, a newspaper correspondent of the New York Tribune in Charleston.
Date:1861-02-03
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Illustrated London news.; Journalism; New York tribune.; Ramsay, Russell (Buckstone)
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; New York, [New York]; 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.