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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 61, September 9, 1856

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Identifier: DX03672343

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 61, September 9, 1856

Description: Describes Professor Martin and his family.


up to say good bye to me — and a little more. The man [Professor Martin] is a little, thin, short, spare individual, with a withered face, very black hair and bright, cavernous eyes. He is a Professor at the adjacent New York college, a Presbyterian in faith, and preaches in Jersey City. A good, consistent, but, I think, narrow minded man, yet with a certain simplicity of heart and much practical charity. A strong believer in the Maine Law, an opponent of Slavery, possessing many [word crossed out] American prejudices with regard to England — which he knows only by books, and those American books. A believer in Macaulay. Orthodox to a Calvinistic degree — withal good according to the light he walks by. His wife is some ten or twelve years older than himself, and I believe a scholar — understanding Greek. She, during his sickness, is reported to have taken his place at College. She has lived much in France, her uncle, or brother being once U. S. Consul, and now a Roman Catholic priest. She has written a French novel. At table she always appears in a cap, sometimes spectacles, scarcely ever converses, and her voice is an odd silvery-drawling one. I should think her amiable and fond of her husband. The boy [Daniel Martin] is one of the most extraordinary juveniles I have ever encountered. A rosy faced, dark eyed, near sighted youth of 12 or 13, possessing a small flute-like voice, and quite a flowing, elaborate style of eloquence. I use the word advisedly. He will address himself on

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-09-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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