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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 150, February 9, 1861

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Identifier: DX01492236

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 150, February 9, 1861

Description: Regarding fellow correspondent Russell Ramsay.



[Russell] Ramsay. The Races again.

from the Consuls, by Ramsay, written by John Bonner of “Harper’s,” asking me to send sketches. Talking with Ramsay this morning, he told me that he had written letters to Forney’s Philadelphia “Press,” for which his hotel expenses were to be defrayed, exhibiting sundry envelopes, addressed to a German woman, the landlady of Shelton Mackenzie, and rather pluming himself on his ingenuity. I told didn’t volunteer any confidences in return, of course, but finding he appeared ignorant of the quiet espiance in practice everywhere in Charleston, I told him a few items of my private knowledge — things which hadn’t appeared in the papers. That flustered him a little, as I could see; he averred he had discontinued writing to the “Press” &c. He suddenly determined, however, that he would not join our proposed party to to-day’s races, about which he had talked rather fluently before. So I set off with Marchant and two strangers in a hired carriage. The road was lively enough; among the equipages, was one containing two women, one a handsome — harlot. Arrived at the race-course, as the day grew showery, I was admitted inside the ring by the courtesy of Dr. Irving, who procured me

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina
coverage:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1861-02-09

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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