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Evening, was talking nationality with Waud and Miss Winney, lady
boarder, when Mr Hart and Mapother called.    Through the wet
muddy streets to the Universalist chapel.   Chapin preached. His
text was of John in the Wilderness.      He spake of the difference between
Jesus of Nazareth, and all the wise and good men History has spoken of,
perceptible to all of us.   Of Socrates, of Plato (closely akin in philo-
sophy to Christianity,) of Confucius.    Of the Transcendentalists   that
high and holy as Nature is, more than that is needed for support under
the inflictions and sorrows of life.   We need more, and intimatively know
Religion offers more.  That Nature cannot console us when all the common-
alities of reason are swept away in the passion of grief consequent in the
death of one we love.   That to bid the bereaved mother look up to the
cold clear stars which have for ages gazed on human sorrows would be
but sorry comfort.        That, even as Confucius predicted, and Socrates
hope, Deity had sent one this Earth, One resembling him in all things.
That cavel or doubt or compare text as one may, the grand results of
Christianity prove its truth no less that do the silent witness of man s own
heart.         That, at this time of the year it is right to think of this
things, that Familiarity make not our Faith a dead letter with us.
  /     I would to God I were a better Christian than I am, now.
If Belief I have, it is inert and torpid.
  23.  Monday.  Down town to the Era Office.  Sate there conversing with
Picton, Atwood and Bradbury for half an hour, then called at Park
Place, saw Anderson for a few moments, drank with young Fred,
and incontinently returned home.  Newspapers arriving, sate reading
all the gusty, chilly afternoon till Charley came.   (A letter also
from George Bolton.  Melancholic, Byronized, Carlylish,
cordial and intellecturally affectionate, poor fellow, exaggerated Self.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page twenty-six
Description:Describes a sermon he attended at Chapin's church.
Subject:Anderson; Anderson, Fred; Atwood; Bolton, George; Bradbury; Chapin, E.H.; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Nature; Picton, Thomas; Religion; Sermons; Transcendentalism; Waud, Alfred; Winney, Miss
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; 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.