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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 213, March 5-8, 1856

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Identifier: DX03998010

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 213, March 5-8, 1856

Description: Describes receiving a package from England which includes a five-inch stone sculpture his friend William Boutcher found at Nineveh.

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a note for Montgomery back to writing, and so to 1 next morning. Another chapter.

6. Thursday. Rapid walk as usual for health sake. Dropped in at [James P.] Nagle's book store, to Fowler & Wells, Nassau Street &c. Returning got the home parcel from Wileys. A relic from Nineveh, a fragment from the palace of the great Assyrian King. It is a head and half figure in stone, some five inches in length, roughly sculptured in relief. From Nineveh to New York, with three thousand [words crossed out] years lying between them! Twelve centuries ere our Saviour walked this Earth this bit of stone [words crossed out] by some [words crossed out] that lies before me now, my lamp shade deepening its outlines, — was carven. How I could write on this! O Assyrian craftsman, vassal to Nebuchadnezzar it may be, how has thy work lasted! what a tide of solemn centuries, what an awful multitude of kindred, and peoples, and tongues, such as no man can number, have sped from the cradle to the grace ere thou walkedst Asiatic earth. [Jack] Arnold the elder called in the evening.

7 Friday. Calling at [James] Parton's on my way to the Mercantile, saw him. He projecting a winters visit to Niagara on the morrow. Returning, to work. Wrote to Hannah [Bennett] in the evening, sitting up till 2.

8. Saturday. Down town early, to post office & Elsewhere. Tailors & got coat. Return a writing till late

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1856-03-05

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries

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