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[newspaper clipping continued]
  Mr. Dunkin, another Chancellor in the Conven-
tion, is well known to Reporters from his disposi-
tion to kick against an account of their speeches,
&c.  He is a man of good understanding, and some
legal attainments.  On the Bench his rulings are
very severe, and he is said to deal out the full mea-
sure of justice to all criminals.  In appearance he
looks something like the Baltimore Bonaparte,
with head shaped similar, and short, stubborn grey
hair.
  Hon. Maxcy Gregg is a noted lawyer of recog-
nized ability and legal acumen.  He is most easily
recognized on account of peculiarly constructed
ear trumpets, which he uses on account of deafness.
In manner, he is quick and nervous; is of a san-
guine temperament, and speaks very fast.  His
face is remarkably good.
  Among the rest, Mr. R. N. Gourdin is also quite
a prominent member.  The greatest peculiarity of
the man is his constant desire for secret sessions.
He is, nevertheless, a man of much information and
acuteness.  A merchant by profession, he possess-
es great commercial ability, and is one of the larg-
est Cotton factors in this city.
  Leonidas W. Spratt is a pale and sickly-looking
gentleman, formerly editor and proprietor of the
Charleston Standard.  He is the recognized father
of the movement to revive the African slave trade.
  One of the greatest minds in the Convention is
acknowledged to be Hon. C. G. Memminger, of
Charleston.  This gentleman, you will remember,
as the Commissioner South Carolina to Virginia.
He has the appearance of a careworn lawyer, with
pale complexion, eyes set far back, broad, high
forehead, and prominent cheek bones, with slightly
grey hair.  He is a fluent, eloquent speaker, and
close thinker.

[newspaper clipping]
		NOTICE.
  WE TAKE THIS METHOD of informing the
community that we have our new, comfortable
Jail finished, and are now prepared to take
charge of all Negroes sent to our care.  We pay as high
prices as times will afford.  Strict attention paid to Negroes
put in our care for sale, but no advances made until times
get better.  Always put your Negroes where they will get
plenty to eat and good lodgings.
			BARDEN & PETERSON.
B.C. BARDEN			    E. PETERSON.
  Jan. 3d, 1861.			          19-tf
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page two hundred and three
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the members of the Convention of South Carolina. Also includes a newspaper advertisement regarding a new jail.
Date:1861-01-03
Subject:African Americans; Dunkin; Gourdin, R.N.; Gregg, Maxcy; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Memminger, C.G.; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves; Spratt, L.W.
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.