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  Only the good people save us! they, by living
encourage us to hold on, to believe in and love hu-
manity in spite of its shortcomings.   The Bennetts,
the Edwards , they are the antidotes to the rabble
of meannesses, follies and selfishness which deafen
our ears and sadden our hearts on every hand.  I
can recognize the goodness in all these people, but the
hell of their persistence in every day diabolism lies in
losing all reckoning of their own characters and faults.
How impossible, now, were it to tell Mrs Brad-
bury (as thoroughly low a woman as I can think of)
even in pity and sympathy what she is.   How impos-
sible for her to recognize it and to set to work in
shame and humility at scouring out her privy of a
soul!  No! she couldn t but believe that others were
 dirt  and she a slandered and abused woman!
  It s very melancholy!  It s very pitiful!  Worse
than pitiful to know that you yourself are in the
same chain-gang! that you are not as good and
innocent as you were long ago.     When I think of
this strongly, I could have wished to have died a
boy.   The daily hand to hand struggle with Sin is
too much for all of us.   There is no slackening, no
truce, no pause, no rest.      Were it but one great
act to perform, every human being is capable of being
a Martyr.    But the terrible, steady onset, coming
with each days down, like the un-setting of a great
tide                 Oh! the Hell that I fear is that of
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and sixteen
Description:Comments on the conflicting good and bad natures of humanity.
Subject:Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.