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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.

Transcription:

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

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Dates: 1857-01-30

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Children
Diaries
Death
Winter
Hats

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