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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 47, January 8, 1861

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Identifier: DX01447259

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 47, January 8, 1861

Description: Describes a walk with William B. Carlisle in Charleston.



A ramble with [William] Carlyle.

volunteers from inland, marching in double file, to whom Carlyle: “Fairfield boys — always ready! good boys!” as they tramped past us. They wore no uniforms and not many had guns. Dropped into a druggists, to drink brandy, of course. Past odd, mean-looking shops, houses, sheds and shanties. A call at a gum-smiths where Carlyle had a weapon repairing. A visit to an elderly shabbyish man named Addison, an English or Scotchman. “He says he is a descendant of the Spectator [Joseph Addison]” said my tall friend “and has the genealogy.” I thought that “pious Joe,” as [Horace] Walpole calls him, left no offspring. Returning, near the citadel, Carlyle stopped to speak with a delighted negro-woman, a slave, of course. He talked to her with perfect kindness and she regarded him as an old friend. We had previously visited a very English-looking stable, at the corner of a street-like road, with an umbrageous tree outside and a pleasant equine smell within. Returning to the hotel rather tired, dozed till the gong summoned me to supper. Wrote subsequently till 9, then turned out again to the Express, to the “Post” and the “Courier” offices.

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1861-01-08

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Firearms
African Americans
Armed Forces
Charleston (S.C.)
Civil War, 1861-1865


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