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Text for Page 105 [01-26-1861]


[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
from the Black Republicans; that it secretly exe-
crated Anderson for having placed it in that posi-
tion; that the Major himself, a brave and honor-
able man, would defend the fort to the best of his
ability, though deploring the necessity and politi-
cally sympathizing with its attackers.  When the
probability of its being surrendered after a nomi-
nal contest was suggested, he remarked tersely that
the speaker �didn�t know Bob. Anderson.�
  I need not commend to your attention the pro-
ceedings of our legislature.  It sits daily in Hiber-
nian Hall,x a handsome building on Meeting street,
erected by the society indicated by its name, the
Senate occupying the lower chamber, the Assembly 
the upper.  Both bodies present a deliberative and
even distinguished appearance, of which South
Carolinians may well be proud.  A gay blue flag,
with a large crescent moon and lone star, a red one
bearing a white Palmetto tree�better delineated
than is ordinarily the case�imparts a curious and
almost incongruous air of liveliness to the upper
room; there are more Palmettos on the blinds, too,
and in the lower chamber.  The tone in which
really important measures are discussed in earnest,
vigorous and eminently gentlemanly.  To drop in,
as I generally do, for an idle hour of a morning
or evening, is to receive a favorable impression of
southern character.
  Its worse traits all seem to cluster about that
deplorable �institution��to grow inevitably out
of it.  But I have spoken of that before and the

[Gunn�s handwriting]
x See first cut in present Volume.

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approach of the hour for closing the mail warns
me to conclude my letter.  I will finish with a char-
acteristic incident of Charleston life, for the cogni-
zance of which I am indebted to chance alone.
  Not a year ago, there came a Connecticut man to
this city who established himself in business as a
sort of general agent.  He professed the most ul-
tra of southern principles, and during the spring
convention made himself unnecessarily prominent
in that respect; previous to the passing of the or-
dinance of secession, too, he must needs publicity
present Mr. Keitt with �a rifled cane��advertising
the sale of similar articles in the newspapers, and, 
doubtless, making money thereby.  (I believe he
was glorified in one of your New York contempora-
riesx in this connection.)  Well, subsequent to the
�commencement of the war,� he talked so ram-
pantly belligerent that it was resolved to gratify
him with a taste of campaigning.  A day�s duty at
one of the forts resulted in something approaching
an attempt at desertion, but a broken arm, acci-
dentally received in a tumble from a gun-carriage,
while he was making a drunken speech, enabled 
him to obtain his temporary discharge and return
to the city.  Simultaneously, unpleasant things be-
gan to be suspected of him.  He had endeavored
to criminate others, he himself presently stood
privately arraigned on the charge of being the cor-
respondent of a Newburgh paper of Republican
principles.  Three days ago he received a four
hours intimation to quit the city, and obeyed it.

[Gunn�s handwriting]
x The World (by Wood.)

[Gunn�s diary continued]
rion acquaintances, newly-arrived, also from
Georgia, now in the naval service of South
Carolina.          Got a batch of London Examiners
and Punches, mailed from New York by Bowery-
em.   To room; writing letter to Hannah till
10, then to hall again.     Morris and Frank
Ol Osgood his man were prevalent during the early
part of the evening.
  27.  Sunday.   With Waud to the Market
street pier, intending to start by 11 for Sullivan�s
Island, but the departure of the boat was de-               
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