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I am a sinful creature, that I pray God I may believe
in him better than I do.                    Waud is not an un-
believer, nor yet a believer. He doubts, or rests indifferent.
His father was a brutal, negation sort of Deist, and Marshall
the Gold beater worse.   He therefore has no home. Christianity to
fall back on. /                     Hillard chimed in occasionally, on my
side, but only talked ancient commonplaces.
  25.  Sunday.  Christmas Day, God bless all.  A cold, bright,
fresh sunny day.  Got the room cosy, and Waud & Stone called,
as agreed to go to Chapin s together.       Stone hath picturesqued
himself to a mighty extent of late.      A demi-loose. silk velvet
coat, wide loose sleeves, with a profusion of buttons and braid all
up the arms, so as to shew the shirt or under garment, or to hang
loose at pleasure.      A wide brimmed beaver, curved up o  one
side, his long dark hair longer than ever, Vandykish beard, and
large melancholy-sort of eyes,   he looked as if Charles the First
had walked out of a picture frame.       He was a perfect Anachronism
in New York streets.       The fellows very tall too,   I think if
it were not that he looks a  tall fellow  in Shakspere s
sense, he d get insulted.      Men try to think him a Snob, and
women admire him.               To Church, and heard a noble ser
mon by Chapin, on our yesterday evening s topic.    He went over
all we had travelled, and more. A noble Christmas Sermon!
  Returning, called in at Stone s lodging, left him, and off
for Brooklyn.       An excellent dinner, then upstairs in Waud s
room for an hour, then presently a walk out, to Brightly
& Mrs Warners boarding place.         I d got a note yesterday, from
Brightly, inviting me, and as Waud had promised to go, I ac-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Describes B. G. Stone's clothing and appearance.
Date:1853-12-24
Subject:Brightly; Chapin, E.H.; Christmas; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; Religion; Stone, B.G.; Warren, Mrs.; Waud; 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.