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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 165, February 13, 1861

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Identifier: DX01500438

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 165, February 13, 1861

Description: Describes a visit to Colonel Bull's home.



A South Carolinian Paradise

[re]semblance of the present owner of the place to that on the stone medallion. We found carnelias and other flowers blowing in the garden, palmetto trees in various stages of growth, huge live-oaks covered with pendant moss hanging over the stream, everything looking as idle and sunny as might be, though the air was chill and moist with recent rains. The place had something of the air of a Southern Paradise — but one inhabitable for the white man for little more than half a year. From May to December, a malaria as pestilential as any bred from Pontine marshes prevails, when it’s death to sleep there, though the place may be visited in the day-time. At sunset, put spurs to your horse for Azael is abroad. A Mr Drayton, a neighbor of Colonel Bull’s, bore us company. Returned to the house and more whiskey, ale and wine, we talked and drank, our host uncorking a bottle of madeira three years older than myself (and which I didn’t like, though, of course, I dodged the avowal.) There appeared a little fair-haired girl called Becky, a daughter of Colonel Bull, by a second wife (deceased) who became great friend’s with [William] Carlyle, but wouldn’t approach me, having been told my nationality and re-

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1861-02-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Children


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