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              Ramsay.     The Races again.
from the Consuls, by Ramsay, written by John
Bonner of  Harper s,  asking me to send sketches.
Talking with Ramsay this morning, he told me
that he had written letters to Forney s Philadel-
phia  Press,  for which his hotel expenses were
to be defrayed, exhibiting sundry envelopes, addres-
sed to a German woman, the landlady of Shel-
ton Mackenzie, and rather pluming himself on
his ingenuity.     I didn t volunteer any con-
fidences in return, of course, but finding he
appeared ignorant of the quiet espiance in
practice everywhere in Charleston, I told him
a few items of my private knowledge   things
which hadn t appeared in the papers.   That
flustered him a little, as I could see; he
averred he had discontinued writing to the  Press 
&c.      He suddenly determined, however, that he
would not join our proposed party to to-day s
races, about which he had talked rather fluent-
ly before.    So I set off with Marchant and
two strangers in a hired carriage.    The road
was lively enough; among the equipages, 
one containing two women, one a handsome   har-
lot.         Arrived at the race-course, as the day
grew showery, I was admitted inside the ring
by the courtesy of Dr. Irving, who procured me
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and fifty
Description:Regarding fellow correspondent Russell Ramsay.
Date:1861-02-09
Subject:Bonner, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irving, Dr.; Journalism; Marchant; Ramsay, Russell (Buckstone)
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
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.