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     News from Home.  A Lie of Stedman s.
  talk of the severe winter ( just such a one
as that on which your poor, dear, grandfather
died   I dare say you remember it, and when
you ran to fetch Mr. Ladbury to him, at our
house in John street; )   of  suffering and des-
titution in  London   of Christmas Day at
our house at which Edwin was not present,
though Charley and Sam and their wives
were.     Tanner, invited from Lewes, couldn t 
come.     My father  continues just the same; he
grows very thin and gets weaker   the late 
cold weather has affected him much.    Ned,
being near Neithrop, spent his Christmas Day
there, William Bolton sending a dog-cart to fetch
him.     Rosa s letter is almost painfully affectio-
nate, pietistic and morbid.               I was an-
swering these letters when Colt came up, and
stayed for an hour or more, leaving me to con-
clued them by midnight after his departure.
  Stedman, whom I met this afternoon, told
me of a story appearing in a New Haven paper, 
asserting a visit of mine, as a quasi-spy, to
Fort Sumter, on pretext of sketching.  It evident-
ly originated in consequence of the enterprize of
Cook the photographer.
  26.  Tuesday.   A walk eastwards, returning,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and ninety-two
Description:Describes letters received from his mother and his sister Rosa.
Subject:Bolton, Rosa (Gunn); Bolton, William; Christmas; Colt, Amos H.; Cook; Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ladbury; Stedman, Edmund Clarence; Tanner, Stephen
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; London, [England]; Neithrop, [England]
Coverage (Street):John Street
Scan Date:2010-05-20


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.