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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 134, February 3, 1861

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Identifier: DX01486781

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 134, February 3, 1861

Description: Describes Russell Ramsay, a newspaper correspondent of the New York Tribune in Charleston.



Another New York Correspondent

have introduced before. About two weeks ago, Mixer, the landlord’s son told me that a Mr Russell Ramsay “from England” had arrived and was desirous of knowing me, adding that he had put him into a room next to mine. Whether his first name involuntarily suggested a newspaper correspondent, being that of the Times world-famous one, I don’t know, but I ascended the stairs with some distrust that this Englishman might have been dispatched hither from over the water and might perhaps compromise my secret business. An interview with him set me at ease. I found a youngish, slim, rather spotty faced fellow, not very well-dressed and with mediocre, middle class English characteristics and proclivities. He said he was travelling for a Manchester firm, desirous of taking advantage of the expected Free Trade millennium, to be inaugurated by the Southern Confederacy. He talked a good deal, too, of Philadelphia, where he had resided, mentioning Forney’s “Press” and Shelton Mackenzie. I thought I might get an item or two from him about the feelings of the cotton brokers and planters with regard to Secession, and questioning him, found additional reason

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina
coverage:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1861-02-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Charleston (S.C.)
Civil War, 1861-1865


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