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He conducted it thus   First he spake of beautiful and
primitive creed of the Greek, content with and relying on
Nature, Zeus ruling sky, Poseidon the blue waters, and 
Pluto the mine   Hades or land of disembodied spirits.
The Hamadryad and Faun in the wood   the world all as
God willed it.   Next the Christian   Nature a snare and
enemy, faith and stern World fight through life.  Its debasement
under the dominant sway of Rome.      Then, (and the noblest
part of the Lecture,) of our Age.  Of it daring, sceptical question-
ing All   (which forms the great attraction of the  Faust  of Goethe);
  of its brain-traps to turn each element to an artisan for the
benefit of man and acquisition of dollars,   of young Men born as
[unclear word],  with Knives in their brain ;   of it being the age of
Tools;   and of the highway feudal baron now a Capitalist and Monopoly
ogre of mens lives and limbs.   Of the wondrous apropos-ness of each
invention   the telegraph just when needed   when the World could
not do without it   Of California, and the army of pioneers 
there, each man a walking American constitution;   knowing
his rights political and natural. Of Owen and Fourier, he
spoke with respect   he had not the heart to laugh at them  
men who had striven, believed and hoped.   They point out an 
evil and a monstrous one, and in this are more to be honored
than those who cry  Peace   peace, when there is no peace! 
Lastly he spake of talk of Revolution, and said that when
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page eighty-one
Description:Describes the contents of Ralph Waldo Emerson's lecture.
Subject:Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lectures and lecturing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.