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	A three hours  Dinner.
return presently   he had to go up the street for
ten minutes   our friends mustn t wait for him.
These were Carlyle, Irving, Covert and Mar-
chant, invited to dine with the latter.     There
was also another friend of Marchant s, I think
an Englishman, whose name I forgot.   We made
a long dinner of it, sitting over our wine, and
remaining at table from 4 till 7, when the
folks were at tea around us.      I went with
Covert to his store when the party broke up
and then returned to the hotel.       Got a tele-
graph from Frank Leslie to W. Waud and
sent it on to Augusta.     To Babbage s by
9 and with him to the Governor s office, un-
successfully endeavoring to get a permit to visit
Sullivan s Island, which with the others had,
this day, been placed under martial law.    We
saw Dunnovant who curtly denied us.   Back
to Babbage s and presently to Spear s, where
we remained till 11  .     When I mounted up-
stairs to my room, I observed the key outside
in Ramsays, a thing not commonly done in a
big hotel.    So after tapping, I entered.      A
trunk there, clothes, a few books (lent to him
as I knew by Carlyle)   evidences of a hasty
departure.     I went to bed pretty certain
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and fifty-two
Description:Regarding a three-hour dinner with Charleston acquaintances.
Date:1861-02-09
Subject:Babbage, George; Carlyle; Covert, Harry; Dunnovant, Colonel; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irving, Dr.; Leslie, Frank; Marchant; Martial law; Ramsay, Russell (Buckstone); Spear; Sullivan Island (S.C.); Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]; Augusta, [Georgia]
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.