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brave. To love sweet Rosalind, dear Rosalind, with her
wit and beauty and tenderness    But Oh! what shall
I   what can I say of her   ?            I can appreciate,
and love and ponder on her, barely describe.
         A noble anecdote of Mrs Siddons comes into my mind, when
thinking of Shakespeare.     Being shown the statue of the Apollo
Belvidere she remained silent, musing awhile;   at last saying
 What a mind must it be which created the Mind capable of conceiving
this! 	                          Her thoughts were at once carried to the Foun-
tain head.  And in like manner I feel when thinking of Shakspere
For the thought of Deity is too immense to be readily grasped;
and by this intermediate mental link we are able to elevate our
power.	             Oh woe, good and divine Human Creature!
how great, how good, and how infinitely loving must be the God
who created thee, and left us the legacy of thy thoughts.  Full of
hope and sweet consolement is this thought to the meanest of us.
            And what a glow of delight is it to me; to think
that the play was prompted by that feeling, which, after Love, is
the divinest in our nature. Friendship.
     Not such unpleasing state of mind to be in when finishing
this chronicle, after all.            Faith I wonder where the last 
page of next book will land me?         May be on the shores of
the Pacific.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and eighty-one
Description:Comments on Shakespeare's play, ''As You Like It.''
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Shakespeare, William; Siddons, Sarah; Theater
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.