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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 233, October 17, 1858

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Identifier: DX03598175

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 233, October 17, 1858

Description: Describes attending a sermon in a Methodist church in Elmira, New York.

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at which he preaches of afternoons.) I sat and listened and liked him, albeit I felt more clearly free from the dark shadows of which have disfigured God and happiness and humanity than I had for many a day. The door near me was open — I could see the sky and beautiful peacefull [sic] country all the time. And I knew that God loved all of us and would assuredly damn none of us. The man's name was Woodin. I believe [Charles] Dicken's is unjust and unfair in his Stiggins' & Chadbands. I have never met anything like them in real life. Very few men are base and bad enough to be thorough hypocrites in religion. Some there are of alloyed metal no doubt, but they do believe what they preach for the most part. Back to the farm house and little Jenny [Eldredge]. A walk up a hill, overlooking Mr Eldredge’s farm. It consists of 60 ares. In the orchard getting apples with Jenny. Day hot — sunny — beautiful — scarcely a breath of air stirring. Dinner at 3. A placid cigar on the side stoop with Mr E. afterwards. Little Jenny running about, the sunset shining like gold on the cornstacks and lighting up the ruddy laughing apples on the orchard. A peaceful and blessed scene. Tis almost a pity to remove little Jenny from it to the close town, and there will be a heart-breaking scene when she has to part from the old folks. They both idolize her. But her mother and father have great good sense, and see and know that the child will be spoilt by remaining thus. Mrs E. Jenny, Mrs Strong and two of her children go to New York on Thursday. To-bed early — read all through Lola Montez

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-10-17

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Children
Farms
Diaries
Religion

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