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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 216, May 2, 1859

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Identifier: DX03368715

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 216, May 2, 1859

Description: Comments on the conflicting good and bad natures of humanity.


Only the good people save us! they, by living encourage us to hold on, to believe in and love humanity in spite of its shortcomings. The Bennetts, the Edwards’, they are the antidotes to the rabble of meannesses, follies and selfishness which deafen our ears and sadden our hearts on every hand. I can recognize the goodness in all these people, but the hell of their persistence in every day diabolism lies in losing all reckoning of their own characters and faults. How impossible, now, were it to tell Mrs Bradbury (as thoroughly low a woman as I can think of) even in pity and sympathy what she is. How impossible for her to recognize it and to set to work in shame and humility at scouring out her privy of a soul! No! she couldn’t but believe that others were “dirt” and she a slandered and abused woman! — It’s very melancholy! It’s very pitiful! Worse than pitiful to know that you yourself are in the same chain-gang! that you are not as good and innocent as you were long ago. When I think of this strongly, I could have wished to have died a boy. The daily hand to hand struggle with Sin is too much for all of us. There is no slackening, no truce, no pause, no rest. Were it but one great act to perform, every human being is capable of being a Martyr. But the terrible, steady onset, coming with each days down, like the un-setting of a great tide —— Oh! the Hell that I fear is that of

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-05-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women


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