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thankful for, not only for these opportunities for communion with nature s
beauty, but for the power with which it speaks to my heart, for the
peace which posseth all understanding which these tranquil scenes convey to
me.   Mind own little individuality is fused into a deeper and wider sea,
my own weaknesses and littlenesses do not harass and be-little me.
[words crossed out]!   			   How might not my
lot have been cast?    In old cruel time, when men were slain
& tortured by fellow men;   when serf-dom and helotage were wide
and rife;   (alas that they should be existant now, at all!)   Or again
to have lived ere the divine poet-spirit of Shakspere, and those akin
to him in their degree had subtilized, created and won forth the inner
essence of enjoyment from all things.   [words crossed out]
[line crossed out]
  /   And if, after all, I do think that, as I close this book, and lay
head on pillow, that I might have a dear face to turn to   Well
that s enough, for to night.
  16. Monday.  To the Castle, and there, undisturbed all the live-long
day; making great progress with the head-gear.  Unclouded sunshine and
quiet without; and when the tree-shadows told that the sun sate high in
his meridian tower I unpacked little basket, and had dinner.  Return
at sun-set.  Reading a little and drawing much, on wood, in the evening.
Hazlitt on Shakspere .   I do not think he does Shakspere justice in
his essay on Coriolanus.   He assumes that the poet justifies him in his contempt
for the  trades of Rome,  and is altogether on the side of Aristocracy.  I find
it not so.   Both sides, Aristocracy & Democracy are very fairly stated,
and if the people are not spurred, it is that Shakspere  would give us the
sure result of demagoguism.   Neither is Coriolanus spared;   his wilfulness
& obstinacy are perceptible enough, spite of the strong sympathy we have
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Comments on Shakespeare's ''Coriolanus.''
Date:1851-06-15
Subject:Books and reading; Fonthill Castle (Riverdale, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hazlitt, William; Nature; Shakespeare, William
Coverage (City/State):[Riverdale, New York]
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.