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as I have now,   perchance I am as little increased in wis-
dom as in coin.        But one thing   oh one thing! sends a
sharp, fierce, impatient sick thrill through my heart  
Dearly! deeply! passionately loved Mary   I am No Nearer
you  			(Commenced letter for George Bolton)
  5. Sunday.  With Mr Hart to a Universalist Church. As eloquent
and truly Christian a sermon as ever I had the good fortune to hear.  The
text chosen from the Gospel of the loved Apostle   the last prayer of Our
Savior.  The words  That they all may be One.  And thus was
the Preachers mode of coducting it.  Firstly he spake how that divine
prayer had not in one Sense been (as yet) answered   yet in another it had.
Of the infinity of Creeds   and how they had strayed so far from the spirit of
their divine founder, as to hate and persecute.  Finely and unexaggerated
epithets did he apply to each   the papal tiara overtopping the crown of
earthly monarchs,   the stern puritans of the heaths of Scotland and Plymouth
Rock,   men iron without and an iron creed within;   the cold intellectuality 
of the Unitarian; the fiery sudden emotion creed of Wesley and Windfield:
two Transcendentalist, who had discovered the Christ of the Bible to be
 a Christ of Nature and Morals.     Of the darker shades of Creed-bicker-
ing   the racks of the Inquisition, Smithfield fires, Huss, Servetus,
Sicilian Vespers and Saint Bartholomew.  /   Of the cause of this.
A mistake as to Faith   that it was forced upon us as proceeding 
from the intellect, in place of springing from the Affections. This
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and ten
Description:Gives his thoughts on religion after hearing a sermon in a Universalist Church.
Date:1850-05-04
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Bolton, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Religion; Sermons; Transcendentalism; Unitarians
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.