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seperate from the men.    I believe this is usual in 
American Methodist churches.   Myself and Mr E. sat in
front, close by the minister.      He was a portly man, with
a fleshy massive head and smooth, thin hair; dressed
in a suit of not particularly well-made thin black cloth.
Any one predisposed to do so might have found him a little
Chadbandish.    The congregation were all country folk; some
of the boys had neither shoes or stockings.      Presently the
services began by a prayer, or a hymn, given out by the
preacher  from the Arrangement.  He did not mount to what
might be called the pulpit   it was of no great heighth   but
walked to and fro in front of it.         His prayer was zealous,
passionate, moving, and some of the congregation joined
in, Methodist fashion, with ejaculations of  Lord!   Amen!
and the like.       The man was so much in earnest that I
saw a tear drop from his perspiring face   it was a tear.
His sermon was a good one, its text from the Psalms.
He dwelt on the old, pretty story of David and Goliath
with an earnestness and interest which was really touching.
He was eloquent, enthusiastic, in spite of his occasional
provincial pronunciation   his  bens  instead of  beens,  his
Americanisms of word and sentence.       Nor did he lack
good strong sense, for, when he came to speak of Da-
vid rejecting Saul s armour, instead of  improving  it
as I expected   by bidding his hearers rely not on  the flesh-
ly arm,  but the God of battles &c &c   he launched out
into a splendid, almost Carlyelish assertion of the ne-
cessity of Individuality of Character.   When excited he
shouted tremendously (being accustomed to a larger church
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and thirty-two
Description:Describes attending a sermon in a Methodist church in Elmira, New York.
Subject:Eldredge, Sr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Religion; Woodin
Coverage (City/State):[Elmira, 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.