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	Apprehensions of Danger.
loaded revolver, even when at dinner   at first
my old Colt s five shooter, which is rather
heavy, then a very pretty, little, dandy, weapon,
a Bliss s patent, presented to me by Lindsay,
a six shooter, loaded by neat little cartridges.
This is so light that it proved no incumbrance;
one was hardly conscious of its presence.   I did
not expect that I should be attacked if dis-
covered, knowing that the penalty would probably
be my immediate transportation out of Charles-
ton, by the Vigilance Committee (of which, bye
the by, Carlyle was vice-president) but the cry might
have got abroad of the presence of the correspond-
ent of a detested New York republican paper and
an attempt be made to tar and feather me, when I
had resolved   first of all to deny the charge to
the utmost, to insist on the truth of my assu-
med character and on their being mistaken
  then, when it beame unmistakeable that I
should be maltreated, to produce revolver and
blaze away all round, killing just as many
of my assailants as I could, previous to my
own certain assassination.    I often thought
the subject over and fancied its detail   a
stormy group of excited faces, some hitherto
friendly to me, now doubly exasperated at the
discovery of the deceit I had put upon them,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and eight
Description:Describes his apprehensions of danger about his position in Charleston.
Date:1860-12-31
Subject:Firearms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lindsay; New York evening post.; Vigilance committees
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-05-04

 

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.