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aspirings and sorrows shall be dim and distant as
to us the days of Egypt s Pharoahs; what lonely
fellow may not do as I do, now?           O Human
Creatures, ever the same, weak and erring, but most
divine;  meet is it that we should pity, should sym-
pathize with, should  Love One Another!      Meet is it
that we should Not judge one Another hardly,   that
we should try to do unto Others as we would they should
do unto Us.
     Shall I know Lotty in another World?     In what 
Strange cycle of spirit life shall I be given to know
through I-know-not-what sense or intuition that this is
a human Soul I knew right well,  and thought somewhat
off, on that earth; drifting together as we did a space?
  De Quincy says, and, I know truly, a most awful
thing, That We Forget Nothing.     Only a cloud of circum-
stances overlay and blur it out awhile.   And persons  resusci-
tated from drowning have had all the acts of their lives pass before
them,  like one Eternal, Instantaneous Panorama.      Who
can think of this without awe?     Who would nt shirk
it if he could?            Every one s experience confirms this.
An accidental word,  a scent,  a look will bring up, vivid
and clearly defined some long forgotten incident.      Then the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page two hundred and thirty-one
Description:Comments on human nature and the afterlife.
Date:1853-06-27
Subject:De Quincey, Thomas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Religion
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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.