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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 65, January 12, 1861

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Identifier: DX01453719

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 65, January 12, 1861

Description: Describes precautions he takes as a correspondent of the New York Evening Post.

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56

Precautions.

of the closing of the mail at 9 o’clock, getting a quarter of an hour’s warning from the chimes of St. Michael’s church, which play until the striking of 9, to bid all negroes, unless provided with a pass, home. Charleston is such an old-fashioned city that [William] Carlyle assured me that many of the inhabitants go went to bed at that primitive hour. Fifteen minutes afforded me ample time to reach the post-office, I have done it twice or thrice in a crisis, by a swift run, in five. I always inclosed my letters (generally consisting of six pages of thin French letter-paper, such as is used for transatlantic correspondence,) in two envelopes, the inner directed simply to “Edgar Bolton Esq,” the outer to C. E. Miller, a young lawyer having an office in the same building as the “Evening Post” office, which, being a corner house, with two numbers, I used the Liberty not the Nassau Street one in directing my letter, for the latter is a well-known newspaper street and its this particular number appeared on every copy of the “Post” published, just under its title, hence it might have been exposed my letters to suspicion. Hastily sealing my epistle, then, I would hurry through the long corridors of the hotel, down its four story staircase and into the crowded hall, all reso-

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1861-01-12

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: African Americans
Diaries
Journalists
Slaves
Charleston (S.C.)
Civil War, 1861-1865
Newspapers

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