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[newspaper clipping]
  The telegraph announces the death, at Charles-
ton, S. C., on Sunday last, at the advanced age of
84, of Mr. Willington, of The Charleston Courier.
Mr. Willington was one of the oldest journalists in
America, having been connected with The Courier
for about half a century.  He was a native of Massa-
chusetts, we believe of Salem, but removed to
Charleston when a young man, and has since resided
there.  He was a person of singular moderation and
equilibrium of character, of great gentleness of man-
ners, and geniality and freshness of disposition.  It
was impossible to know him without sympathy and
esteem.  Under his management, The Courier has
always represented the conservative party in South
Carolina; it opposed Nullification, and subsequently
favored the Whig party as long as there was any
Whig party to favor, but with the advance of years
Mr. Willington s active participation in its control
diminished, and it took on, consequently, a less
balanced and national character; and since the be-
ginning of the Secession movement the most ardent
South Carolinian must have been satisfied with its
spirit and conduct.  Some seven or eight years since
Mr. Willington became blind from cataract, but in
1859 partially recovered his sight by a surgical
operation.  He was among the sufferers by the late
fire in Charleston, his house having been destroyed
by it.  Mrs. William Young of this city is his only
   Mortimer Thomson (Doesticks) has prepared a
new poetic lecture, called  The War a huge joke, 
and has also written up to the times his poetic lec-
ture,  Pluck,  and will now accept invitations from
Lecture Committees.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and eleven
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the death of Mr. Willington of Charleston.
Subject:Charleston courier.; Civil War; Fires; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lectures and lecturing; Obituaries; Secession; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Young, William, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina
Scan Date:2010-06-14


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
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 life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
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.