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ed poster.   Backgammon with Wing.
  28. Wednesday.  At work on  Mose . /   At night commenced a
careful bed-perusal of Shelleys wondrous Drama  The Cenci.  Type of
a still more divine original life, was thine O Shelley.  And as I gaze
on the lining of thy clear and beautiful face, wherein deep intellect and
Love sit inshrined, my heart beats with quick sympathy to think of the
brood of ignoble persecuters who bayed and hounded thee so, in evil days.
The time has come when the dreamings and aspirations of thy first won-
drous boy-poem have passed into practical nation-struggles   ( Proudhon
Cabet, Owen,   [word crossed out]   you ll find, if you know not that you
have but plagiarized your Communism from Mab.)   And the time
shall come O Shelley, when men shall love, and honor thee, as one
who knew and degraded not the divinity written him; as one who love for 
his humbler fellow man was deep and constant;   as one whose noble
art was most nobly and holily applied; as one who loved and suffered
for Liberty,   aye and did more for it than did Hampden or Washington
or Kossuth   (God speed him. Amen and amen!)	As one, though un-
seen by the second-cause worshipping many, who is and will ever be  an
unacknowledged legislator of the world. 
  29. Thursday.  Commenced on the stone and  Mose.    Unwell, anxious,
irritable, matagrabolized and letter expecting.   Canada  is in  
shall I have a letter from her to-morrow.	Oh me, oh me, for
one with some sociable likings this approaching Christmas presents a half
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page fifty-eight
Description:Gives his thoughts on the poet Shelley.
Subject:Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Shelley, Percy Bysshe; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):[Jersey City, New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.