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           Cockney Rot about the Civil War.
The Northerners wouldn t free the slaves; they d 
take  em and sell them somewhere.   They were a 
domineering lot, and had oppressed the South, in 
favor of their own manufactures.         Ever since
that fellow (Barnum) had written a book about
how he humbugged the English, the people were wide
awake to Yankee tricks; they had got so that they
didn t believe anything from America until the news
of two or three days later confirmed it.     All the
railroads of the North had been built of English
capital, and now they turned round and abused us.
They were all dishonest.      The South ought to have
been allowed to secede.   He believed the West would
follow the example and the whole country by split up.
  All this (which would have been considered sound
doctrine in South Carolina) was uttered with delicious
self-complacency, and not a grain of doubt on the part
of the speaker that he was thoroughly qualified to
judge of the question.    He talked too with the air
of one who, coming from the centre of civilisation,
might afford to be affable to mankind in general.
With his companion he was on the look-out for a 
farm, intending to purchase one.   The butcher s name
was Harry Pain, the Cheshireman s Lee.     Martin
and his wife coming in after supper, invited the Brit-
ishers to visit his farm, as he was willing to sell it.
Returned in wagon with W. Tew and the children,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Describes a conversation with two Englishmen about Americans and the Civil War.
Date:1861-08-25
Subject:Barnum, P.T.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lee; Martin, Joseph; Martin, Joseph, Mrs.; Pain, Harry; Slavery; Tew, Mary Jane; Tew, William; Tew, Willy
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-09

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, 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.