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a man to begger himself and his family, devoting themselves to first educating,
then freeing his negroes.     And were it done, the Free States would gain
certain indifferent barbers and waiters; and a great proportion of vagabonds.
A Niggers idea of Liberty is Not Working; hence his Impracticability.
One hope remains,   Liberia.   And herein, as is ever the case, out
of Evil, Good comes.    That vast impenetrable continent, Africa,  dry
nurse of Lions,  where the white man cannot live,   must be civilized
by the black. And they are now undergoing bitter apprenticeship fitting
them for it.    Liberia will spread and prosper, and educated African
nature have a field to develop itself. /          Meantime there are frightful Evils
in Slavery, the worse that they are un-touchable.    There s amalgamation,
a race  twixt white and black, who being slaves must side with the latter,
and have the Anglo American intellect to strive, plot and plan, in case
of events helping them.    And as long as men have lusts and passions
these will be begotten.      Besides the thraldom to which this question of
Slavery has brought American Politics is terrible;   the Monster has
got the upper hand of Frankenstein.    Talk of disunion   Presidents elected
only by their Anti-Abolition sentiments   hates, feuds,   treasons,   it s a
very cauldron of Hell broth, and rendered worse by stirring it up too. /
It may be a peaceful solution may lie in the Future, in the Chinese cle-
ment, now pouring into California.           There s a bloody civil war in China,
more Celestials probably will cross the Pacific,   they are a peaceful, in
dustrious race, and will compete with the African, banding themselves to
labour at moderate rates by the year.     /        One thing is certain, there
will be no Abrupt end of Slavery.  Wherefore if the matter were discussed
as to How, with less rancour, more good intent and good feeling it would
be well.   But Evil will bring forth Evil,   always in the End however
to work out good.     I have no doubt this World is better Ruled than you
or I could do it, despite the opinion of King Alphonso of Castile; who
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and eighty-five
Description:Gives his thoughts on slavery and its affect on American politics.
Date:1853-11-02
Subject:African Americans; Chinese; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Secession; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Transylvania, Louisiana]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.