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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 135, February 3, 1861

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Identifier: DX01487326

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 135, February 3, 1861

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



And his [Russell Ramsay’s] Doings.

for distrusting his assumed business. To be sure I did not suspect his real avocation — that of cor Correspondent to the N.Y. Tribune — except perhaps momentarily, and for this reason. Many of the letters therein published, had really contained blunders and misstatements — even direct lies, hence I then shared (and do share now) the Charleston impression, that they were written in New York. This occurred before Ramsay’s arrival. Hence I merely suspected he might be scribbling for some Philadelphia daily, as I had seen “letters from Charleston” published in the exchanges from the Quaker City. We talked awhile, were friendly enough and met at dinner. But that evening he left the hotel for a cheaper boarding house and, thinking him but a shallow fellow, I forgot him. This morning he reappeared as related, saying that a friend had left the boarding-house for the further South and that he could no longer tolerate the atrociously bad diet. It is now my impression that he knew scarcely anybody in Charleston and that he returned to the hotel in order to cultivate acquaintances, that he might pick up items. I knew almost everybody and was rather popular than otherwise as “the artist of the Illustrated Lon-

coverage:New York, New York
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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