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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 62, September 9, 1856

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Identifier: DX03673200

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 62, September 9, 1856

Description: Describes Professor Martin's son.


all occasions to full grown ladies and gentlemen — especially the latter — on the political, social, and moral questions of the day, and is greatly interested on the scores of Abolition and Temperance. He [Daniel Martin] likes to favor you with his views as to the approaching election for the Presidency. I got him, once, to define his platform. "I go" said he, in answer to my respectful enquiry "for the development of our internal resources, for Protection and Free Soil; — and really, since the outrages in Kansas, I am almost provoked to join the Garrisonan stripe, though before, I assure you I was exceedingly moderate." Furthermore he is learned in Entomology, always knows the state of the barometer, don't approve of story books "as he has heard of several persons becoming insane from the pernicious habit of reading novels" — and is so superfluously polite as to wish you good day whenever he meets you, if it should chance twenty times in the course of a morning. At table his appetite is guided by that of his father [Professor Martin]. (I wonder if that gentleman needed castor-oil whether the boy wouldn’t want a similar dose?) He has not the smallest iota of modesty, timidity or childish reverence. You could as soon put the author of the life of P. T. Barnum to the blush, or out of countenance. He'd give you his opinions on the Trinity, or Predestination without dumur. He calls upon the girl who waits at table twice as often as the grown boarders. Mrs [Catharine] Potter (our landlady)

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
Slavery, abolition, and emancipation
Politics and government


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