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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 104, March 20-21, 1858

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Identifier: DX03487926

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 104, March 20-21, 1858

Description: Describes a sermon by E.H. Chapin.


to him. [A.F.] Banks is grown uglier — more like Blandois, the rascally foreigner in Little Dorrit — than he used to be. The upper portion of his face seems swollen over the cheek bones, his complexion is unwholesome, his eyes look at once melancholy, conceited and truculent. He began to talk about [Alfred] Waud, promising a drawing in [Maturin Murray] Ballou’s paper in his usual inflated style. It was not by Waud, but I didn’t tell him so. Met [Frank] Bellew further on. He’s the truest gentleman I know in New York.

Drawing, reading, idling. Phonography at night.

21. Sunday. Drew a little. Phonography. To [E.H.] Chapin’s at night. It is good for me to hear him. If I can keep the resolution I will go there regularly. I generally leave with that wish and intention, but having got out of the way of church-going, I allow it to drift into non-performance. Let me put down, fragmentally, what I carried away to night. The text was, according to Chapin’s wont, from the words of Christ: “He maketh the rain to fall upon the just and the unjust, the evil and the good.” The sermon dwelt on the catholicity of God’s love, and of our power of imitating him. This, Chapin said, was Christ’s ideal. No barren goodness springing from a honesty-the-best-policy-religion, no eye-for-eye, tooth-for-tooth code of morals but a love for the evil-doer, a love for goodness for it’s own sake, even if it prove not the best policy — as it often does in this world. For a man’s life may be, outwardly, the greatest success, yet truly, the saddest of failures; and vice versa. Christ’s code of morality looked behind actions, at motives. “Be ye good, as God, also, is good.” Writers have troubled themselves to define Man — Chapin inclined to do so as a being who had to idea of perfection. All creeds which based

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-03-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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