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room-mate came, a boy of 14, he having been locked out all night.
  3  Saturday.  Descent to breakfast, after the Holtein plan, but improved.
Bare room, with stools, two long tables and mechanics.       Out to Duane Street
and Mr Harts.   There awhile, then to Canal Street, meeting Picton on the
way, and with him taking a cigar at Rileys Museum-liquor-store.) With
Mr Hall and Homer till 1/2 past 11, then returned to Robinson and dinner.
Afternoon reading English newspapers, Dispatch and Examiner.   Evening to Canal
Street, and out with Homer.  To Frenchs, saw Cross, and back with him
to Canal.   Called at Andrews, learnt he had gone to live in Brooklyn, so I suppose
there s an end of the boarding house scheme.  Back at about 11 to Robinson
and bed.   Talk with young Vandenhoft, boy-room companion and bed.
  4. Sunday.   Called at Duane Street, but found Mr Hart & Dillon
had gone out, so turned my steps to the little Universalist Church.  Chapin
preached, and to say that the sermon was of the highest order were but
faint praise.   As his text he took the words  He who has seen me has
seen the father also .   Poorly indeed can I fasten down his sermon, or
analyse the infinite beauties of the composition, yet so full is my heart of it and
of its influence on me, [words crossed out]  that I must
essay to do it.   Commencing with the declaration that these words of Jesus
contained one of those grand truths, so strikingly marking the difference of
the revered Christian religion from that of others; he proceeded to point out the
distinct difference.   Namely the belief in One God.   However it may be seen
and said that in the gorgeous faiths of the olden world, there was, pervading
throughout and over all the multiplicity of deific-attributes: the idea of
Unity, yet how dim was it.   Egypt with its mystic colossal gods, which
lean out from the descent of time, classic, beautiful, poetical corrupt Greece;
powerful and world-swaying Rome;   what are their creeds contrasted with
that of Jesus of Nazareth?   How liable and how prone were they to be per-
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page ninety-three
Description:Comments on a sermon by Chapin.
Date:1851-05-02
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Boardinghouses; Chapin, E.H.; Cross; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Elisha; Hall, Homer; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Picton, Thomas; Religion; Sermons; Vandenhoft
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Duane Street; Robinson Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.