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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 170, December 19, 1860

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Identifier: DX01387131

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 170, December 19, 1860

Description: Describes his fellow passengers aboard the Marion, bound for Charleston, South Carolina.

Transcription:

157

Fellow-Passengers.

[travel]ler set off do on a winter’s sea-voyage on, with but a dubious termination. The usual delays, then good-bye to my friends and off — [Jesse] Haney cautioning me, [George] Boweryem insisting on lending me his watch at parting. My cabin-chum a youngish fellow with a thin, shrewdish, cunningish face, one Speck, a South Carolinian — a doctor, physiognomically a mean version of Dr [Edward] Dixon. He told me he was a native of the capital of the state, Columbia, that he had lived and practiced for two years or so in Elizabethstown, New Jersey and that he was returning to join a regiment, as its doctor. Upwards of a hundred medical students were expected to have done emulated Speck’s patriotism, seceding from the New York colleges, but owing to a row about certain charges made against one of their professors — a Southerner — the majority had stayed “to see him through” and for other reasons. Secession and the winter weather made the Marion’s passenger’s but few, the four or five students being prominent. Among them was a tall good-looking young fellow, rather like poor Oliver Kellam, my Louisianain friend. A thick fog covered the river, in consequence of which, after steaming ten miles out we lay to off the Staten Island shore till next morning.

coverage:New York, New York
coverage:Columbia, South Carolina
coverage:Elizabeth, New Jersey

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-12-19

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Ocean travel
Physicians
Secession
Travel

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