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	An Oyster Supper.
the horror and scandal of South Carolina
femininity.    She was off next morning, before
public indignation could find vent in any popu-
lar manifestation.
  8.  Friday.   Writing till 1, despite solicitations
to go to the races with Ramsay and others,
Carlyle and Marchant having carriages below.
To the Post office by 1, calling at Pancknin s
drug-store on my return.      In doors till 4,
then walked up King Street to see the folks
returning from the races.      After dinner, to
a boot-store in King street, where I made
a purchase, in company with Ramsay and a
batch of others among them Covert.   Left them
at the hotel and went to Babbage s, supped 
and stayed till 9.      With Babbage, Avery,
Jouane and a Mr. Glass (from Columbia)
to Spears  place in King Street, over the rear
of his store, where we found W. Waud
and Murdoch playing billiards in a back-room,
approached by a bridge.    All talking,
smoking &c., presently roasting oysters on
the fire.     Spear had won a wager of a bushel
of them, on the races, and the loser had sent
him five times the quantity.       We got to sing-
ing subsequently, had the Marseillaise from
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Mentions that Spear won oysters as the result of a wager on a horse race.
Date:1861-02-07
Subject:Avery; Babbage, George; Carlyle; Covert, Harry; Elssler, Fanny; Food; Gambling; Glass; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jouane; Marchant; Murdoch; Pancknin; Ramsay, Russell (Buckstone); Songs; Spear; Waud, William; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston], South Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina
Coverage (Street):King Street
Scan Date:2010-05-20

 

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.