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in liquor.  This was a Major Halpin, present
Assistant-Adjutant-General to General Hun-
ter, once a newspaper man, whom I think
I had met some years back and who seemed
to know me.  During my absence in England
he had done something rascally which I found,
afterwards, retailed in a letter from Alf Waud,
written to me at the time, and here it is conden-
sed:  you know Halpin, the writer, I suppose?
Welden told me some interesting items of him,
such as his borrowing a coat and pawning it.
He was introduced to Webb, of Navello s music
store and invited to visit him.  On his doing
so and coming away it rained a very little.
Halpin, saying that his coat was new and that
he did not want to spot it, borrowed a new
overcoat of Webb.  As it was late in the spring
Webb let a week or more slip by before he in-
quired for it.  On calling at Halpin s address,
his landlady said he was gone and further, 
that she would like to know where.  Some
months afterwards, Webb met him, where he,
after much prevarication, acknowledged having
the money to redeem it, which Halpin would
have borrowed for that alleged purpose, which
was declined.  Finally he confessed having paw-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page fifty-three
Description:Regarding an anecdote about Major Halpin's having pawned a coat he borrowed.
Subject:Civil War; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halpine, Charles G.; Hunter, David; Military; Waud, Alfred; Webb (music store); Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-09-10


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, especially Hilton Head, Port Royal, St. Augustine, Key West, and the end of his experiences with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign when he had to leave camp due to illness.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Port Royal, South Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; St. Augustine, Florida; 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.