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	Another  Post  Letter
doesn t haunt the staircase of the pious news-
paper office.    The poor wife and her two children
still in Jersey.         Talked with Cobb and another
principally about South Carolina.      Dined with
Boweryem and Weston.    Up-town and writing
another Charleston letter for the  Post.   It was
curious to be able to do the same without locking
the door of my chamber, and not to have to
rush out before 9, to post it secretly!

[newspaper clipping: first column]
        WILL FORT SUMTER BE ATTACKED?
		           
Northern Papers in Charleston False Impressions
  Concerning the Rebellion The True State of Af-
  fairs Major Anderson and his Command A De-
  scription of the Interior of Fort Sumter.
		           
	{From an Occasional Correspondent.}
	CHARLESTON, S. C., February 16, 1861.
  I have allowed a gap of almost a week to inter-
vene between this and my last letter, thereby de-
serving the title you bestow upon me to an extent
which might justify your supposing that even my
occasionality was becoming occasional.  I have
done this less from lack of matter (though the lull
in affairs here continues) than from want of the
stimulus of seeing the result of my labors in the
fair, broad pages of the EVENING POST.  I presume
it and the public get the benefit of them, (for I dis-
believe the stories about tampering with the mails
here the impunity accorded to the  correspond-
ence  of those who manufacture or retail them
being a sufficient contradiction,) but I have no
means of verifying the fact.  You see one cannot buy
the EVENING POST in Charleston.  From New York
we get the Herald, the Journal of Commerce, the
amiable Day Book, Frank Leslie s, Harper s, and
some of the sporting papers.  Wherefore, my scrib-
ling is an illustration of the text about casting 
bread upon the waters, under the expectation of
finding it again after many days.
  I judge, however, from what I read in such north-
ern papers as are accessible, and from the report of
a friend recently returned from your part of the
country, that there is yet prevalent an almost uni-

[newspaper clipping: second column]
versal opinion, pregnant, I think, with delusion
and danger, which may be tersely summed up un-
der the following heads:
  1. That South Carolina represents her precipitancy,
and is heartily sick of secession;
  2. That she will not attack Fort Sumter, in the
event of her failing to obtain it by diplomatic and
negotiation;
  3. That she has played a game of Brag, (hitherto
unluckily successful,) but may finally be induced or
compelled (to use a suggestive vulgarism) to back
down, to recede from her position, to recognise
Lincoln and re-enter the Union;
  4. That the other seceded states will not stand by
her.
  On each of these heads I have more or less to 
say, and I write with all my depth of conviction.
             WHY THE REBELLION OCCURRED.
  That this state was precipitated into revolution
is a fact, though a small one, which has been unduly
exaggerated at the expense of almost forgetting the
reasons which rendered the precipitation so easy,
by far the graver and most important considera-
tion.  At the risk of sub-dividing my letter into as
many heads as an old Puritan sermon, I must en-
deavor to explain this.
  South Carolina never had any particular affection
for or loyalty to the Union; the nationality of her
sons (which is as intense as that of Englishmen
or Scots I cannot use a stronger illustration,)
is devoted entirely to her state.  The first revolu-
tion showed this; she had been consistent in it up
to this one always ahead and extreme in feeling,
she, however, only carried to excess one which
every educated traveller familiar with the South
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and seventy-nine
Description:Includes a newspaper clipping written by Gunn for the ''Evening Post'' concerning pre-war events and attitudes in Charleston.
Date:1861-02-18
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Boweryem, George; Cobb, Myron H.; Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Frank Leslie's illustrated news.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Journal of commerce.; Lincoln, Abraham; New York daybook.; New York evening post.; New York herald.; Secession; Stedman, Laura; Weston
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; 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.