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	      Will Waud
fore we might meet again.       Will Waud
was decidedly popular among his acquaintances
in Charleston; he is so generally.       A good-
looking little chap, of good address, capable
of singing a good song, most people think
him rather a superior fellow, especially the
majority who never go deep into character. He
has tact, shrewdness, cleverness, ability with
his pencil; might, I believe achieve position, if
he possessed industry.   But his stint of work
is, really, about one day of labour to six of loaf-
ing.       The South with its unacknowledged
principle of what can-be-done-to-morrow-may
as-well-be-deferred-till-the-day-after, its hun-
dred and one temptations towards self-indulgence,
suits Will, though his English blood and
latent ambition reproaches him for yielding to
it.       The consciousness of this crops out in
occasional dissatisfaction or blue-devils, as
well as a tendency to  set the world at chance 
and assert that the Stephen Blackpool estimate
of life is a correct one.     Withal Will s impulses
are good enough; I don t think he could have
perpetrated the Sydenham seduction with design
or from deliberate selfishness, nor that of
the poor little Yankee girl who is his present
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and forty-eight
Description:Describes William Waud.
Date:1861-02-08
Subject:Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
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.