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	 We ll burn New York! 
-ceived  Tory  impressions as to Britishers from
the negroes   at least so her father conjectured.
She had asked him, privately, whether Rhodes
and I were Yankees! which word comprises
all that is mean and atrocious in Southern
ears.      The party proposing another stroll, I
preferred a read and doze on the sofa.       On
the return of the company, another daughter of
our host appeared.       Miss Bull was about 18,
as I should judge, and presided at table, where
we all dined in a rather stately manner, being
waited upon by decorous and quiet negroes.
Our talk was South Carolinaish, English,
historical and local.   Miss Bull took no share
in it, scarcely speaking, except about some fe-
male acquaintances, in answer to Carlyle.
Of course the sentiment of the conversation was
ultra Southern and I might have been amazed
    at the confident belief in an assured
victory over the North arrogated by all present.
 We ll burn New York!!!  repeated Bull,
in the course of the conversation.   Regrets were
uttered that we could not spare time to visit
St Andrew s church, erected 1706, described
as very picturesquely-situated.     It was past
sunset when we departed, little Becky ma-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and sixty-six
Description:Describes a visit to Colonel Bull's home.
Date:1861-02-13
Subject:Bull, Becky; Bull, Colonel; Bull, Miss; Carlyle; Children; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Rhodes
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]; New York, [New York]
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.