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the bed of the sick and suffering; when the patriot lives or dies, daring all
for the dear country of his home and heart;   then, then do we Love Virtue.
And when Jesus prays for his enemies, and led to a death of shame and
agony, with tortured frame, and bursting tears, from his heart, cries  Lord forgive
them, for they know not what they do      who is there of whatever stubborn^|n|ess
of heart, but will say  Anything but this!  Terror   punishment,   condemnation.
Lord, any of these could I bear rather than the overwhelming, infinite, piteous love.
God, forgive   I am indeed a Sinner!                        /       From this he nat-
urally gleaned to what was to follow his Sermon   the celebration of the Lord s
Supper.   That feeling it was the Lord s table, and not theirs, they invited
All whose hearts bade them  do this in remembrance of Him.    No mystic
meaning or dogma did he attach to it,   simply the observance of an act of
Jesus Christ, calculated to bid us love him more, and love one another.
 Ye  said he,  if there be any such who think it too simple for your notice,
or that ye need it not;   we do not ask you.     But you    holding out
both arms with affectionate fervor  who think you re not good enough!   In
Come! It is for you expressly that it was designed!   
     My heart had fluttered with desire and timidity till now, but this decided
me.   From my soul I felt as he spake.  So I stayed.
     Very heart-touching was it in its simplicity.   Firstly, two members being
dmitted[admitted] to their Church;    a little speech being made to them by Chapin,
telling how that it was not their wont to exact professions or vouchers from
those who desired joining them, but usually a verbal assent to some simple
Christian resolutions, of attending worship and being in peace and godliness,
was required.     That over, and shaking their hands; the Sacrament was
given.   A cheerful, pleasant, grave, brief address, reminding us of our duties,
and of the institution of the ceremony, prefaced both the bread and wine.
A prayer and a hymn, during the latter of which we all stood up   (there were
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page ninety-five
Description:Comments on a sermon by Chapin.
Subject:Chapin, E.H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Religion; Sermons; Unitarians
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.