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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 188, August 25-27, 1858

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Identifier: DX03565174

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 188, August 25-27, 1858

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


[wri]ting out the name of the scene of her decease — some German or Russian town. This was two or three days ago, Mrs [Catharine] Potter being present. This afternoon old [Willis] Patten brings home a letter verifying all these particulars! There’s clearly no deception on the part of the two Mrs P’s, though considering their calibre of intellect, it would be unsafe to accept their conclusions. I hear these things, somehow, without letting them penetrate — a sort of dead letter listening, as it were — just as though somebody told me some out o’ the way fact in mathematics which I couldn’t understand and shouldn’t care a straw about. Mrs Patten is a believer. I told her that I feared she wouldn’t win much happiness or tangible satisfaction out of it, when the poor woman, with tears in her eyes, said I didn’t know how lonely she was, she had nothing to live for, and if she could only think that she could communicate with those she loved, her two dead children, &c &c Patten, who brattles of his disbelief in the bible, and once asserted over the supper table that Our Saviour was a black man (!) now professes faith in Spiritualism.

26. Thursday. To Doctor’s. In doors all day, writing, though unable to do much. Ill, in pain, and very lonely.

27. Friday. Writing in the morning. Downtown after dinner, encountering by the way Fred Anderson. He was talking to two others, and quitted from them to walk beside me. He is now a good-ill-looking young man, small and slim, with a moustache and whiskers and false-looking eyes. He said

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-08-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Mediums


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