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     Chief Justice John Marshall of Virginia. 
the patrol challenged us as we clattered through
its black, deserted streets.    At the City Hotel
I put my horse up and rewarding my guide with
a handful of cigars (as it was too late to procure
a drink) I saw my horse attended
to, and being shown into a big upper room with
a proportionable four poster in it, I there fell
asleep, after hastily scoring up in my diary the
incidents of the day.   In it I find the pencilled
entry:  $30 spent since I left New York. 
  11.  Tuesday.   I was aroused next morning
by a well-dressed, middle-aged negro with a
bald head who with great courtesy and good-
humor presented his card, announcing himself
as  Chief Justice John Marshall of Virginiax.   He
was a slave born near Winchester, and pro-
fessed himself  an old line whig in politics.  He had 
waited on Henry Clay and remembered
Jackson and other notabilities.  He read the papers,
conversed intelligently and eagerly about the civil
war and informed me that all the colored people
were in social telegraph with each other.   I told
him of Lincoln s emancipation message and of the
cheers at the Cooper Institute, which interested 
him greatly.    He said the negroes were dubious
of the intentions of the U. S. government, but
added, of the President:  A good man, Sir!   It s
coming!     A nephew of his had been sold, since
	x He had been body servant to him & so appropriated the name.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page thirty-six
Description:Regarding a conversation with a slave named ''Chief Justice Marshall of Virginia.''
Date:1862-03-10
Subject:African Americans; Civil War; Clay, Henry; Cooper Institute (New York, N.Y.); Emancipation; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Hotels; Lincoln, Abraham; Jackson, Andrew; Marshall, John; Marshall, John, Chief Justice of, Virginia (slave); Military; Slavery; Slaves
Coverage (City/State):[Alexandria, Virginia]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
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.