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themselves on other than this catholicity of God s love and love
to our fellow man were unsound.   This should underlie all our
actions.   He spake of Christ s literalizing it.  If any man take
your cloak, give him your coat also,  and of turning the cheek to
the smiter. (This is always a hard passage to me, as to many
others.  For it appears that, were it practicable in life, it would
not work well.  If evil were not resisted and checked   sometimes
indeed, put out of existence   it would grow worse and wickeder,
in the end more self-harmful.  Think of the Indian revolt, and
fancy the human devils of Cawnpore experiencing this literal Chist-
ianity!  Could they be bettered by it?   could they understand it,
even?  Outraged humanity says  Devilish Sepoys, if you can not
reach a certain standard of humanity, we will, by God s help,
blow you from common s mouths, into a certainty of inability to
do the like horrors again.   Reading of these things I   like hundreds
and hundreds of Englishmen   have cried and swore, and when
I met an account of some terrible avengement, have wished God s bles-
sing on the avengers with all my heart.    Yet either Christ was
mistaken, or this is all wrong, and we should try to act up
to his precept.   I see no way of dodging it.   And there is something
divinely beautiful in that idea of untiring forgiveness.   I do not
see how strife can end on this earth until it be attempted.  I will
not harm you, though you slay or do worse to me!  I can die
and suffer, but yet you are my brother.  how unearthly divine
is this   somehow, you can t think it cowardice, though you can t
act upon it.  Chapin didn t touch on this   I wish he had.)
He thought that the idea of God s universal love for us surpas-
sed all others, as omnipotence, omniscience &c.  We might imitate
him in this, loving not only those who did good to us    as do the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and five
Description:Describes a sermon by E. H. Chapin.
Date:1858-03-21
Subject:Chapin, E.H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Religion
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.