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	      Speculations.
hideously alloyed with hates and prejudices on
both sides.          Here are my convictions on the
subject:
  That the South has the worst of the ques-
tion, but is logically compelled to Secession
by the inherently damnable nature of Slavery.
The struggle might have been postponed awhile, but
could never have been avoided, with the conser-
vation of  the institution. 
  That the South ought to have been allowed
to secede, had the seven states now assuming
the title of Confederate, sent a properly organi-
zed delegation to Washington, declaring their
solemn intention to do so.      That as they did
not, but went about the business seperately and spasmodi-cally, in a charac-
teristically American (or lawless) manner, the
legal right is on the side of the North;
which will probably perpetuate a good deal of illegal
wrong in consequence.
  That the North has been servile and is
aggressive; that its legislating has been hostile
to the South.     That the South has thereby
been equally deluded into a false estimate
of its power and importance and exasperated.
  That there will be the worst kind of fight
between the two, but that it will not termi-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and twenty
Description:Gives his opinion on the Civil War.
Date:1861-04-20
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Secession; Slavery
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-01

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.