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	I was introduced by Colt to Edmund Ruffin, of
	Virginia, an old, white haired man and great apostle
	of Secession.  He used to travel throughout the South,
he made amends for his outward semi-toady-
ing of the Southerners and their cause by
indirect dispraise and positive vilification; never
daring to contradict them openly, his self-esteem
always goaded him to insinuated dissent which
was more impolitic and annoying than profes-
sed antagonism.     He bragged, too, and when
in my company, did little beside abuse South
Carolina and predict its ultimate punishment
and discomficture.    In sooth, the man was in
a very nervous apprehensive state, he had
travelled throughout the South and seen its
worst characteristics, until from an ordinary
Democrat, he had been transformed into
an equally unreflecting, bitter enemy of the
people among whom his business lay.    More
of him, anon.          Another dropper-in at the
Express office was O Bryan of the Tele-
Graph office, whom I have already described.
Another, one Oteliaga   as near as I can
invent spelling for his name   a South Caro-
linian Jew, looking like a Spanish or Cu-
ban one, sallow, sinister, acquiline-nosed
in features, expensive in his habits, friendly
but suspicious in his manner.     Another Mor-
ris, a jolly, frank fellow, proprietor of
a mill in the suburbs, which he and an equally
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and ninety-seven
Description:Mentions his Charleston acquaintances.
Date:1860-12-31
Subject:Colt, Amos H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morris (Charleston); O'Bryan; Oteliaga; Ruffin, Edmund; Secession
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; Virginia
Scan Date:2010-04-30

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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.