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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 29, July 24, 1853

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Identifier: DX04057235

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 29, July 24, 1853

Description: Describes the wedding of Charley Damoreau and Beatrice Prideaux, and afterwards listening to a sermon by E.H. Chapin on Real Character and reputation.

I as witnesses. Then we moved down the church to the altar, they [Charles Damoreau and Beatrice Prideaux] took places, I stood behind, and the others around; & the ceremony was proceeded with. There were some few lookers on in an adjacent pew, doors and windows were open, and the green trees & sunlight rested outside. Damoreau went through it well, audible responses &c. And so did the lady, albeit somewhat rigidly. I put her hand into the clergy’mans, (who read the service well,) & very soon ‘twas over. Back to the Vestry, autographs &c again, minister feed, hands shaking & congratulations &c. They rolled back in carriage, Mr [Henry] Hart & Dillon [Mapother] went off to Jersey City, & [Alfred] Waud & Yatman, (after Damoreau) to supper, & Vesey Street. I went to Erford’s and had a quiet, thoughtful tea, then to room. In [Alfred] Swinton’s room, with Waud & Yatman, and having waited some time for Mr Hart; all there to [E.H.] Chapin’s Church together. It was hot & close, but worth enduring for the noble sermon. The subject Real Character & reputation. Of the true face which underlies the mask worn by all, the real Self. Much of it reminded me of [Ralph Waldo] Emerson, and of the story he tells how a certain individual got every one into correct relations with him, by speaking to them, as he thought of them, — a startling experiment. I think, albeit getting a true estimate of one’s self is about as difficult a thing as may be, most men with brains know much more of themselves than they’d like to vouchsafe for the world’s benefit. T’would be a strange thing to do, taking a sheet of paper and putting down the darker sides of your own nature. So much of Vanity, this act, (which it is might easy to put down to a fine purpose) love of shining; — this Lust, — this

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-07-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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