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letter to the Tribune on pages 186, 7 &c.
The plantation we visited belonged to a
man named Cofield; the Bostonian who rent-
ed it was named Messer, who had been young
Hayes  employer in a Boston store previous
to a burst-up which had cast him on the
world as a speculator.   I suspect he was
something of an old rogue; indeed he owed
Hayes $50, which Schell and I incited
the lad to get from him as a loan.    Mes-
ser s son did the hospitalities of the occasion.
After a hungry ride back to New Orleans
we had oyster stews at the depot and a
hearty meal at the Southern Restaurant,
which I partook of in company with Ripley.
  Howell off to Baton Rouge again.           I
was a good deal with Ripley at this pe-
riod, he being sober.  Saw Baker, too, pretty
  30.  Friday.   Writing to the Tribune.
In the evening with Hamilton and A. G. Hills
to a presentation of plate to Col. Thorpe,
involving a neat collation, wines, cigars
and spirits, also songs and speeches.
Tracy and Slack were present.   Old Thorpe
showed very well as host, told stories,
gave drunken imitations and what not.  Al-
together a jolly time of it.            A. C. Hills
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page two hundred
Description:Mentions visiting the plantation of Mr. Cofield.
Subject:Baker, Francis; Civil War; Cofield; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hayes (reporter); Hills, A.C.; Hills, A.G.; Howell; Messer; Ripley, Philip; Schell, Frank H.; Slack; Thorpe, Colonel; Tracy (New Orleans)
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [Louisiana]
Scan Date:2010-11-18


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.