In the chapter on the Byrds [unclear word] Westover,
[unclear words] old Virginian lamented, we are pre-
sented with a picture of dignified, refined, cul-
tivated life of a type as gracious as the London
or Paris of the age could show. Marshall
House, the Home of John Marshall, United
States Envoy to Revolutionary France and
Chief Justice of the United States Supreme
Court, has not had time to lay on as much
mould as would satisfy a fastidious European.
It has not reached its hundredth year.
Nothing could make Chief Justice Marshall
fashionable. His cravat was awry, his coat
threadbare, his shoe laces trailed in the dust,
and he wore his hat tilted backwards. He
carried his potatoes home from market. There
is a story of
A young man who had lately removed to Richmond
who accosted a rusty stranger standing at the entrance
to the market house as old man, and asked if he
would not like to make ninepence by carrying a
turkey home for him? The rusty stranger took the
gobbler without a word, and walked behind the young
householder to the latter s gate.
Catch, said the youth, chucking 9d. at his hireling.
The coin was deftly caught and pocketed, and as the
old man turned away, a well-known citizen in passing
raised his hat so deferentially that the turkey buyer
was surprised into asking Who is that shabby old
The Chief Justice of the United States.
Next follows a short description of the fair
idyll of Marshall s wedded life, and his
characterisation as the tenderest, most
chivalric of lovers.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page thirty-five|
|Description:||Newspaper clipping regarding Chief Justice John Marshall and the Marshall House in Alexandria, Virginia.|
|Subject:||Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marshall House (Alexandria, Va.); Marshall, John|
|Coverage (City/State):||[Alexandria, Virginia]; Richmond, [Virginia]|
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen|
|Description:||Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" in Virginia while traveling with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign; the Siege of Yorktown; the Battle of Williamsburg; his departure from Alexandria on the steamer Kent; the ruins of Hampton, Virginia, after it was burnt by John B. Magruder; touring the gunboat Monitor; the death of Fitz James O'Brien from a gunshot wound; Jim Parton's temporary separation from Fanny Fern; and seeing Robert E. Lee's house in Virginia.|
|Subject:||Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Marriage; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slavery; Slaves; Travel; Women|
|Coverage (City/State):||New York, New York; Washington, District of Columbia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia|
|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.|