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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 131, December 29-31, 1856

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Identifier: DX03732567

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 131, December 29-31, 1856

Description: Comments on Charles Lamb and gives his thoughts on New Year's Eve, 1856.


enough to marry Hannah [Bennett]! But, oh lord! That seems horribly distant yet. I think it will come some day.

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Ah dear Charles Lamb, — thou who, four years before I was born, sattest down on the last day of 1820, to pen thy love of life, and of this beautiful earth, of books and friends, of innocent vanities, of irony — as also thy most [word crossed out] human repugnance to the vague [word crossed out] hereafter — thou knowest all about it now! Thou, and those that loved thee — how they must have loved thee — have drifted into that solemn bourne to which we are, also, speeding. It is very sorrowful. It is very sorrowful.

I cling to this green earth also.

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And the ghosts of past Old Years rise up around me, just now. What a crowd of faces. And one of them I shall recall, at times, until my dying day. I would to God I could love Hannah as I did love Mary Bilton. She deserves it better.

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There’s a wretched ass of a Yankee firing off a gun or pistol— in celebration of the death of the old year! The paradise of such people would be where they could let off fire works to all eternity. May the Devil give ‘em enough of them. And so Vale Old Year!

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-12-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Authors
New Year


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