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the world says Revolutionists it might look for Revolutions  
 Spoons and skimmers lie in a heap   but a vase or statue
stands alone.     The sternest and most inspiring moral
to be drawn from his lecture, was that Man must regenerate
himself, rely on his own mind before prating reform. It
was the mote and beam parable, applied most rigidly. Rely
on, study Nature, avoid Cant of all kinds, let country
patriotism, temperance, friends, all be estimated but at their
future worth   look only to Soul and God!      Emerson s 
intellectual creed is sublime, solemn and solitary   It is as
if each individual soul must travel in through space self com-
plete, ever pressing onwards in immortal silence.
  30. Wednesday.  Out to Chatham Street for a bit.  Drawing
all day.  Night crossed to Jersey.  Finding Hughie at Collinson
together at the latter s workshop.  So, sat down and chatted till
9 with them. old Collinson hard at work. quite a Wilkie
like picture by the lamp light. Hughie talks of migration north-
wards with him, when the old fellow goes.     Walked to York
Street with them, and into the old room, which stoveless, box-
less and bookless looked dull enough.   Then left and returned.
  31. Thursday. Long talk after breakfast in sitting room
among boarders   first on the Preissnitz cold water system,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page eighty-two
Description:Continues discussing the lecture by Emerson, and mentions a visit to Jersey City to see Hugh Muir and Bill Collinson.
Date:1850-01-29
Subject:Boardinghouses; Collinson, Bill; Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lectures and lecturing; Muir, Hugh; Religion
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Chatham Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.