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I as witnesses.   Then we moved down the church to the altar,
they took places, I stood behind, and the others around; & the
ceremony was proceeded with.      There were some few lookers on in
an adjacent pew,  doors and windows were open, and the green trees
& sunlight rested outside.         Damoreau went through it well,
audible responses &c.    And so did the lady, albeit somewhat rigidly.
I put her hand into the clergy mans, (who read the service well,) &
very soon  twas over.    Back to the Vestry, autographs &c again,
minister feed, hands shaking & congratulations &c.   They rolled back
in carriage, Mr Hart & Dillon went off to Jersey City, & Waud
& Yatman, (after Damoreau) to supper, & Vesey Street.       I went
to Erford s and had a quiet, thoughtful tea, then to room.
In Swinton s room, with Waud & Yatman, and having waited some
time for Mr Hart;  all there to Chapin s Church together. It
was hot & close, but worth enduring for the noble sermon.   The subject
Real Character & reputation.     Of the true face which under-
lies the mask worn by all, the real Self.           Much of it re-
minded me of Emerson, and of the story he tells how a certain
individual got every one into correct relations with him, by speaking
to them, as he thought of them,   a startling experiment.        I
think, albeit getting a true estimate of one s self is about as
difficult a thing as may be, most men with brains know much
more of themselves than they d like to vouchsafe for the world s
benefit.      T would be a strange thing to do, taking a sheet
of paper and putting down the darker sides of your own nature.
So much of Vanity, this act, (which it is might easy to put
down to a fine purpose)  love of shining;   this Lust,   this
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page twenty-nine
Description:Describes the wedding of Charley Damoreau and Beatrice Prideaux, and afterwards listening to a sermon by E. H. Chapin on Real Character and reputation.
Subject:Chapin, E.H.; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Marriage; Religion; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred; Yatman
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Vesey Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
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.