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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 179, August 11-12, 1858

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Identifier: DX03557579

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 179, August 11-12, 1858

Description: Regarding Mrs. Patten's interest in Spiritualism.


pleasant and amusing. A great crowd towards evening, perhaps 15,000. I saw no drunkards or rows. The only palpable blackguards distinguishable by their talk, were Americans. There is a revolting ferocity about the phraseology of the American rowdy which is very characteristic. His words teem with suggestions of violence, and absolutely seem to drip with blood. Where the English blackguard threatens merely to “punch your head” the Yankee proposes to “mash your eye in” or to “spile” your anatomy in some horrifying way or another. His pet names for rowdy clubs, “Blood-tubs,” “Plug-Uglies,” “Killers” &c testify to his inherent, ineradicable brutality. I believe no lower order of European nationality is so utterly depraved. Fireworks completed the entertainment and we got back to town and a meal at [Jesse] Haney’s by 10 1/2. Met Poole, his wife, Ed. Wells and [Thomas] Paterson during the day, at Jones Wood.

12. Thursday. To Doctor. Down town in the afternoon. Haney off for a three-days’ Jersey holiday to the place where the Edwards’ girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] are stopping. [James] Parton and the others have returned from their Canadian trip. / Since the death of her child Mrs Patten has gone deeper into “Spiritualism,” visiting a “Medium” thrice, having interviews — if they may be called so — with the spirit of the defunct baby, and learning that “it is happy.” The cannon dodge. Also she is informed that she may become a “writing medium.” They tell almost all visitors this, as it makes proselytes by tickling their vanity. That Mrs Porter assured me I was a powerful “healing medium!” Old [Willis] Patten says these pursuits will “ease her (his wife) off!” Mrs P

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-08-11

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Fairs


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