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to him.   Banks is grown uglier   more like Blandois, the
rascally foreigner in Little Dorrit   than he used to be.  The
upper portion of his face seems swollen over the cheek bones, his
complexion is unwholesome, his eyes look at once melancholy, con-
ceited and truculent.    He began to talk about Waud, promising
a drawing in Ballou s paper in his usual inflated style.  It
was not by Waud, but I didn t tell him so.           Met Bellew
further on.   He s the truest gentleman I know in New York.
  Drawing, reading, idling.  Phonography at night.
  21.  Sunday.  Drew a little.  Phonography.  To Chapin s at
night.  It is good for me to hear him.  If I can keep the resolution
I will go there regularly.  I generally leave with that wish and in-
tention, but having got out of the way of church-going, I allow
it to drift into non-performance.  Let me put down, frag-
mentally, what I carried away to night.  The text was, ac-
cording to Chapin s wont, from the words of Christ:  He maketh
the rain to fall upon the just and the unjust, the evil and the
good.   The sermon dwelt on the catholicity of God s love, and 
of our power of imitating him.   This, Chapin said, was Christ s
ideal.   No barren goodness springing from a honesty-the-best-
policy-religion, no eye-for-eye, tooth-for-tooth code of morals
but a love for the evil-doer, a love for goodness for it s own
sake, even if it prove not the best policy   as it often does in
this world.  For a man s life may be, outwardly, the greatest
success, yet truly, the saddest of failures; and vice versa.
Christ s code of morality looked behind actions, at motives.  Be
ye good, as God, also, is good.    Writers have troubled them-
selves to define Man   Chapin inclined to do so as a being
who had to idea of perfection.    All creeds which based
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and four
Description:Describes a sermon by E. H. Chapin.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Books and reading; Chapin, E.H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Religion; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.