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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 136, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03310701

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 136, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Regarding James Parton.

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Assassination [of Philip Barton Key by Daniel Edgar Sickles]. All the English I have talked too, except Rosenberg (!) have taken the other view. As if one black sin could justify a blacker. B As if, too, just at the very time when culture, self control, Christianity should come into play to restrain and guide — all ought to go by the board at once, and blood-red murder to be welcomed as the right course of conduct. But the red indian savage has bequeathed his notion of the excellence of Revenge to his white successors.

Apropos of the Ledger, [Jesse] Haney has got an order to write an article on serpents for it. [James] Parton does write for it, every week; which fact, I think, modifies his judgment of the inherent trashiness of the paper. Invisible threads from the Ann Street office are appended to all sorts of noses. He, Parton, came to this country a child, and half believes in it. He is dazed by its bigness and swaggering vitality which in his hopeful estimation, outgrows the ravages of the vultures feeding on its vitals. He has, not unnaturally, got so interested in its [Aaron] Burrs and [Andrew] Jacksons and other unloveable "great men," as to drop into a half hero-worship of them, which I cannot follow. To me they are simply odious and unchristian. I think his enthusiasm, while it makes him write vigorously, leads him into too hot sympathy with his subjects. What a thousandfold happier, better, clearer life might have been, had it been cast in that old monarchy, which whatever be the faults which

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Murder

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