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They sang to the air of the Christmas Carol
                       God rest you merry gentlemen
                                Let nothing you dismay, 
many of their chaunts had pet chorusses to them,   the favourite
one being the rather ungrammatical assertion that
	               There is a place of Rest remains  
                                  For the people of G a w d! 
The whole of the forepart of the vessel was thronged, this way,
both above & below.   The majority both of singers & listeners were
women;   some older, earnest looking hard-faced men were there,
but the look where you would you saw, the common place & un-
interesting faces of women lit up with sectarian fanaticism.     And
presently a young men, smoothly shaven & with straight black hair
stood up and preached.   I heard it all, very poor theology as it
was, with infinite repetition.      Its marrow was this, sudden
& violent conversion &  Glory .      No thought of Religion as manifest
in the detail of each days life, of home duties & doing unto one
another as you would be done unto.    Spiritual Dram-drinking
thats all.  /   Two or three, both sexes marched round the
boat anon singing hymns.     One girl had a comely, though
inane face, another fat & rather sensual looking.       But
the unwomanliness of the whole thing   the air of brandishing
their  faith , as it were in people s eyes!     Fancy one s
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page thirty-two
Description:Describes attending a ''Camp Meeting'' with Roberts.
Date:1852-09-04
Subject:Camp meetings; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Religion; Sermons; Songs; Women
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.