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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 156, February 10, 1861

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Identifier: DX01495514

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 156, February 10, 1861

Description: Regarding Russell Ramsay's correspondence for the New York Tribune.

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“The Tribune’s” Charleston Correspondence.

[reitera]ting “please say nothing more than this” as he [Russell Ramsay] should have “a defence which would make him very popular,” and he was “rather glad than otherwise that it had turned up.” Thus, in an ungrammatical, jerky apprehensive manner, wrote Ramsay. In view of this and what I know now, I understand the “Tribune” letters. This young fellow was not selected for any fitness for his business, but in default of a better. He wrote with average ability, but did not scruple to invent and misrepresent the Charlestonians. The tone and spirit of his letters I condemn and object to. They misled the “Tribune” and those who put faith in it. They did mischief, both North and South; in one case teaching that the Carolinians were only braggarts and bullies, intent on a game of bluff and willing to compromise after some concessions; in the other inculcating th justifying the Southern faith in the utter mendacity of Northern journals. These Carolinians were (and are) a brave, misguided, headstrong people, not ruffians or traitors to my thinking.

At night when I had posted letter and walked leisurely back, I met [William] Carlyle and Rhodes, a Maylander, a resident of Bal-

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina
coverage:Baltimore, Maryland

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1861-02-10

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Journalists
Secession

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