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presently all are seated in the front room   more people having assembled; among
them Mrs and Mr Blood, (the latter of whom gave me a grave; tailor-like
shake of the hand;) and a Wesleyan minister arising and placing his hands on the
back of a chair, stood forth  and spake awhile, as I suppose, is here the custom.
A good man, I doubt not, yet what he said was just the common place view of the
matter, and clean Kain.     That men were wont to look upon such cases as judg-
ments; wrongly,  instance  tower of Siloam  &c   that such belief was right ^|as| 
to Nations, not individuals;   that we should from such losses, endeavor to raise our
affections to things above &c &c. ( Instead of as should be, holding more dear and
cherishing kindy feelings & sympathies, checking selfishness, spleen and evil passions
  He might have done infinitely better, but had it not in him.  Oh! How
much more of Eloquence was there in the shaking of poor Richardson s knee, as he
with handkerchief to face, sate in his corner.     What had he not to think
of.   Of her distant Yorkshire kin   of her coming to this land to die;   of
how solemnly the sunlight streamed in, of the people about;   why they were there;
of the gap henceforth at his lonely home; of that it was a cruel, present Fact
that she was Dead.     Presently they bore the body down stairs, the custom-styled
mourners lining the way; these carriages were hastily filled, and through the living
streams of city-life proceeded the array.  All as intent on their own detail affair;
of life, as will be those who gaze on the funeral of oneself.   Men will read newspapers,
pay and receive money, sat their dinners and remark on the weather that day, most
assuredy   but  twill be all over with thee O mortal.                I walked on till
the arrival at the Battery, (the destined place of interment was Greenwood,)
and then, having no coin in pocket for stage fare on the other side of the Hamil-
ton Ferry, and being unwilling to borrow of strangers; quitted them.  A walk
with long steps under the trees in the blessed holy sunlight; long deep shades
crossing the greensward, otherwise so bright in the sun.       What are the first
objects that open on the spirits eye, in its birth in a spirit-word.  Gazes it not
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and sixty-seven
Description:Describes attending the funeral of Mrs. Richardson.
Subject:Blood; Blood, Mrs.; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Green-Wood Cemetery (New York, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Richardson; Richardson, Mrs.
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.