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	A South Carolinian Paradise
semblance of the present owner of the place to that
on the stone medallion.        We found carnelias
and other flowers blowing in the garden, palmetto
trees in various stages of growth, huge live-oaks
covered with pendant moss hanging over the stream,
everything looking as idle and sunny as might be,
though the air was chill and moist with recent
rains.        The place had something of the air of a
Southern Paradise   but one inhabitable for
the white man for little more than half a year.
From May to December, a malaria as pestilen-
tial as any bred from Pontine marshes prevails,
when it s death to sleep there, though the place
may be visited in the day-time.     At sunset,
put spurs to your horse for Azael is abroad.
A Mr Drayton, a neighbor of Colonel Bull s,
bore us company.    Returned to the house and
more whiskey, ale and wine, we talked and
drank, our host uncorking a bottle of madeira
three years older than myself (which I
didn t like, though, of course, I dodged the
avowal.)    There appeared a little fair-haired
girl called Becky, a daughter of Colonel Bull,
by a second wife (deceased) who became great
friend s with Carlyle, but wouldn t approach
me, having been told my nationality and re-
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and sixty-five
Description:Describes a visit to Colonel Bull's home.
Date:1861-02-13
Subject:Bull, Becky; Bull, Colonel; Carlyle; Children; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Rhodes
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.