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mind could ever fictionize such a life as that of Jesus Christ s.
Shakspere drew  Hamlet,    but who could invent the character
of him of Nazareth?         And Shakspere, and all the mightiest
minds, before whom our very souls stand in reverence, were but
priests to him.   You can trace Jesus in everything that is divine
in them.       They got all from him.   The greatest poet is
he who is most Christian, who teaches Forgiveness, Love, Un-
Worldliess.          How small they all are, to him.     The whole
life, (put the miracles aside, even,) is such as no human creature
could invent, and no merely human nature could live.    It is
Divine, Un-Earthly, not of Earth, but of Heaven.       A per-
fect life.        Let one of us try to live a perfect day,   half
hour,   and think of the vanities, littlenesses,   think what he
knows of himself    the very best of us.         And then too,  
his teachings   so Catholic, all embracing.   That God is Our
Father, child and Sage may kneel together.   Besides look
at Christianity, as a trial, and mark the result.    In the
reign of Tiberius C sar, in an obscure corner of the Romish
Empire, a man is put to death, as a blasphemer, stirrer up of
sedition &c,   an itinerant preacher, you may say.         And now
eighteen centuries and a half have passed, and every country that
is worthy to be thought one, is Christian.          Our best and
wisest are but expositors of his words.        We must believe in him,
our hearts yearn to it, we are Wretched else, and the world
is a cold, blank, Material, Necessitarian, drifting Limbo of
Miserable Men apes.             I do not understand his Concep-
tion, his Miracles, his God-head, but I know that his Life
was divine, that he was tried and tempted to Agony,   that
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Describes a philosophic conversation about religion with Alfred Waud on Christmas Eve
Date:1853-12-24
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Religion; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.