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Text for Page 049 [01-09-1861]

	A Charleston Sensation.
Pickens, I loitered in company with W. Waud,
Woodward, Carlyle and others, the first intend-
ing a sketch.        F. Wood turned up; he had
been absent for several days or two on a visit to the
plantation of Gilmore Sims the novelist, on I
suspect his own invitation.    I went with him,
Woodward and Carlyle to a restaurant, where
the latter two lunched, then left them for dinner,
			at which W. Waud
			joined me.  I got three
			letters at the bar af-
			terwards, one of no
			moment from Colt,
			addressing me as �the
			brave Gun� and talk-
			ing spasmodic anti-
			secession,� the others
			from Boweryem &
			Mr Edwards, which
			I have already chroni-
			cled.         Wrote ano-
			ther note to the Post,
			then off to the mail 
			it, in company with
			W. Waud, who want-
			ed to sketch the

[newspaper clipping, written by Gunn for �The Evening Post�]
  CHARLESTON, S. C., January 9, 1861�10 � A. M.
  All day yesterday, Charleston was full of rumors
relative to the Star of the West and her mission,
the Mercury announcing it as positively for this
city, with reinforcements of men and provisions
for Major Anderson.  This appeared to be the
general impression, though many were inclined to
suppose her object that of securing the forts of
Florida to the government.
  At 6 � this morning the Star of the West ap-
peared and boldly steamed across the bar, when she
was fired at by the cadets under command of Cap-
tain Stevens, on Morris Island.  The first shots
passed under her box and fell harmlessly about
her.  She continued her course, when more shots
were fired, about fifteen in all, four of them from
Fort Moultrie.  It is asserted that the vessel is
�badly hulled,� but this may prove an exaggeration.
Unquestionably she is seriously damaged.  She
steamed out very rapidly.  The whole affair must
have been clearly descried from Fort Sumter, as
day was breaking, yet Major Anderson did not fire
a gun in assistance of the steamer.
  War is unquestionably declared, and South Caro-
lina resolute for it.
	CHARLESTON, S. C., January 9�Noon.
  Two United States officers, one Lieutenant Davis,
are now in conference with Governor Pickens at his
residence on Meeting street.  They came from Fort
Sumter, landing under a flag of truce, and are the
bearers of some message from Major Anderson.  It
is supposed to embody some threat relative to the
bombardment of Fort Moultrie, in the event of the
Star of the West being further molested.  That
steamer is invisible.               
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