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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 145, January 30-31, 1857

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Identifier: DX03662068

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 145, January 30-31, 1857

Description: Regarding the death of Ellen Levison.


graves, and that love and kindness are immortal—but why should they have their berth in pain and sorrow? God knows. There is mystery all round us — mystery, mystery —

It is a dark, mild night as I sit writing; with few, not overbright, stars shining. What an awe has settled down on the memory of the dead child [Ellen Levison], already. The elements were not kindly mixed in her — but she had life and youth, and one can’t be indifferent to a child altogether — O poor fellow mortals let us love and forgive one another – there’s no time for quarreling here. Our time turn will come swift enough. We shall [word crossed out] drift out into that awful shoreless sea which has swallowed so much that was kind and wise and good — [Geoffrey] Chaucer and [William] Shakspere and [Charles] Lamb —

O to know what that dead child does — perchance — by this time! Patience — He will the knowledge will come soon enough.

[William] Levison will be very desolate — for a time. The man had not too much happiness before. And now his only child is gone —

31. Saturday. [European] Office. Broadway is its vilest winters attire, street crossings mid leg deep in snow mire and sidewalks filled with pools of filthy water, a steady, persistent drizzle falling. Took Levison’s hat to the hatters to have crape put on it.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-01-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Children


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