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at which he preaches of afternoons.)  I sat and
listened and liked him, albeit I felt more clearly free
from the dark shadows of which have disfigured God
and happiness and humanity than I had for many a
day.   The door near me was open   I could see the sky
and beautiful peacefull country all the time.    And I knew
that God loved all of us and would assuredly damn none
of us.           The man s name was Woodin.     I believe
Dicken s is unjust and unfair in his Stiggins  & Chad-
bands.     I have never met anything like them in real life.
Very few men are base and bad enough to be thorough
hypocrites in religion.    Some there are of alloyed metal
no doubt, but they do believe what they preach for the most
part.        Back to the farm house and little Jenny. A
walk up a hill, overlooking Mr Eldredge s farm.  It con-
sists of 60 ares.       In the orchard  getting apples with Jenny.
Day hot   sunny   beautiful   scarcely a breath of air stir-
ring.   Dinner at 3.        A placid cigar on the side stoop
with Mr E. afterwards.        Little Jenny running about,
the sunset shning like gold on the cornstacks and lighting
up the ruddy laughing apples on the orchard.   A peace-
ful and blessed scene.   Tis almost a pity to remove
little Jenny from it to the close town, and there will be
a heart-breaking scene when she has to part from the old
folks.      They both idolize her.   But her mother and father
have great good sense, and see and know that the child
will be spoilt by remaining thus.        Mrs E. Jenny, Mrs
Strong and two of her children go to New York on Thurs-
day.          To-bed early   read all through Lola Montez
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and thirty-three
Description:Describes attending a sermon in a Methodist church in Elmira, New York.
Date:1858-10-16
Subject:Dickens, Charles; Eldredge; Eldredge, Jenny; Eldredge, Mrs.; Eldredge, Sr.; Eldredge, Sr., Mrs.; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Montez, Lola; Religion; Strong, Mrs. (Elmira); Woodin
Coverage (City/State):[Elmira, 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.