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[newspaper clipping]
	        Personal Sketches.
  A correspondent of the Baltimore American
writes:
  With your leave, I shall continue my description
of the Convention of South Carolina.
  Prominent among all the minds of the assembly,
Judge Withers, of the South Carolina bench, stands
very high.  This gentleman is quite venerable and
pleasing in appearance.  I would consider him ad-
vanced in years, probably about sixty-five, rather
tall, and quite prepossessing.  His hair is long,
very fine and nearly a silver grey.  The whole
contour of his countenance is pleasing and bland.
His forehead is wide and of good height.  The eyes
are not large, but of a grayish hue, and as mischiev-
ous-looking as a hoyden of sixteen.  His manner
is quick, impulsive, and evinces no diminution of
energy, either bodily or mentally.  When he speaks
it is upon the impulse of the moment, and with
great rapidity and clearness of thought.  He is one
of the most active thinkers and subtle reasoners
in the body.  Fun, however, and an overweaning
love for sarcasm and caustic remarks, are his chief
peculiarities of style.  As a Judge upon the Bench,
I am told he is very upright, and extremely severe.
  Chacellor F. H. Wardlaw, another eminent
member of the South Carolina Judiciary, is noted
for his legal attainments and critical ability.  His
judgment is remarkably good.  His appearance is
not altogether prepossessing.  His mental quali-
ties are, however, of a superior character, and he
is distinguished for ripe scholarship and literary
ability.  In person he is short, rather stout, with a
large head, heavy features, and full florid face.
His voice is tremulous and not very clear.  The
distinguishing marks of the face are his eyes, which
though small, are set far apart, under a fine, wide
forehead.
  Hon. D. F. Jamison, the President of the Con-
vention, and a member of the Governor s Council
of State and Secretary of War under the new
Republic, is a gentleman universally liked.  His
character is unexceptionable and pure.  Until the
present crisis he had for many years lived as a 
planter, retired from public life.  In manner he is
modest, unassuming, and seemingly diffident.  Per-
sonally, the President is above medium height, thin
and pale.  His face betokens gentleness of dispo-
sition and mildness of character.  The forehead is
good, though seared with the wrinkles of care.  It
is not a thoughtful face.  He wears at this time a
heavy beard, which serves to fill up to some extent
the hollowness of the cheeks.  I should take him
to be about fifty years old, though there is no sign
of grey either in his hair or beard.
  Hon. Alexander Mayzck is one of the  charac-
ters  of the Convention.  He has for many years
filled various offices of public trust, and though he
has been in the State Senate a very long time, has
not for ten or twelve years voted for any represen-
tatives to the United States Congress.  On occa-
sions when a ballot for these gentlemen was re-
quired, Mr. Mayzck has always deposited a blank
ballot.  So determined has his opposition been to
the continuance of South Carolina s relations with
the Federal Union, that he has persistently refused
to sanction it even with his vote.  He is a thorough-
going slave-trade man, and thinks that a re-opening
thereof is the only way to Christianize the African.
He is rather aged, with stern, rough features, grey
hair, and an inflexible, stubborn will.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page two hundred and one
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the members of the Convention of South Carolina.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jamison, D.F.; Mayzck, Alexander; Wardlaw, F.H.; Withers, Thomas Jefferson
Coverage (City/State):South Carolina; Baltimore, [Maryland]
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.