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a head of him by Titian is the best I ve ever seen   where he is
crown with thorns.     I know it but through the medium of en-
gravings.)
  23.  Friday.  Down town to Wells & Webb, & called
at Weeds.         Returning, at work.   Hillard called, & Waud.
/   Met Richardson after dinner, he off for Philadelphia on
Christmas Day,   says money s  tight.          Drawing all the af-
ternoon.      Evening the same, and writing.
  24. Saturday.    Breakfasted at Sweeneys, thence down
town, to Picayune Office, Wells & Webb & Strongs.  Got $29 for
drawings from latter.      Spruce Street again, and by 1, to room, 
with blocks and papers &c.     Drawing.  To Picayune Office at 4 1/2,
got paid, thence to Brooklyn, Waud not at the Fulton house;
returned; at Leslie & Hoopers engraving rooms, found Damoreau
alone atop of building; he leaving, walked together to Vesey Street;
I supped & to room.   Waud and afterwards Damoreau came,
as invited, and Hillard chanced up.      Talk, brandy-tods &
smoke.       Damoreau left first, but 10 or so.       A discussion on
the question of the divinity of the founder of our Religion.    Waud mooting
points of doubt, thus.    That Creation is on so vast a scale,
infinite worlds and systems of worlds circling throughout space,  
what Right have we to believe in an Immortality for ourselves?
What that a divine being should appear and suffer for our re-
demption, for our teacher and guide?        That as all we discover but
intimates progress in the scale of created beings, and that this universe
and the myriads of others unveiled by the Abraham telescope, is go-
verned by grand, simple, regular, unswerving, mighty Laws;  
why not then suppose the all Just, all good, awful Creator of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and twenty-five
Description:Describes a philosophic conversation about religion with Alfred Waud on Christmas Eve
Date:1853-12-22
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; Religion; Richardson; Waud, Alfred; Weed
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Spruce Street; Vesey Street
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.