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           Reportorial Anxieties about
A. C. Hills, Howell and I went back to the
Quartermaster s office and subsequently for a
three-mile walk up the river side, to where
the Mississippi lay, next to the North Star,
from the deck of which we obtained a halloed
greeting by Mc Henry, the steward.      Ours was
a hurried exhausting walk, almost a run,
for we had eaten nothing since morning, and
we didn t know but the steamer mightn t be
off before we got thither.   On board at last,
where A. G. Hills (who with Hayes has been
overtaken by us) recognizes a passenger of his
acquaintance, one Dyer, a Boston lawyer, to
whom we confide our letters.   On omnibus-
ride back.         To the Southern Restaurant,
steaks, oysters and lager.          Then, leisurely
to the hotel.     All the fellows in my room, to
which presently ascends Howell with a ghastly
story, obtained from one Dunbar of the Boston
Bee, that Dyer is a  speculator  who is to be
arrested that night.   General horror and alarm
at prospective miscarriage of our letters.  A. G.
Hills and Schell instantly dispatched, by
coach, to rescue them, if not too late, and put
them into the hands of the purser.     Howell and
I then adjourn to A. C. Hills room and whiskey-
skins; tired, a little apprehensive about our
letters but hopeful.   In half an hour up comes
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and sixty
Description:Mentions a story that Boston lawyer Dyer has been arrested.
Date:1863-01-06
Subject:Civil War; Dunbar (reporter); Dyer; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (reporter); Hills, A.C.; Hills, A.G.; Howell; Journalism; McHenry; Mississippi (Ship); North Star (Ship); Schell, Frank H.
Coverage (City/State):[New Orleans, Louisiana]
Scan Date:2010-11-18

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.