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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 155, February 20, 1857

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Identifier: DX03737752

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 155, February 20, 1857

Description: Regarding the life and death of William Levison.


I think, in [William] Levison’s case, the former will result. His weaknesses will be forgotten but his generally kindly nature will constrain all who knew him to think greatly of him. Remembering his antecedents and surroundings it is a wonder to think how good he was. Running away from home and a severe shoemaking father when a boy, without education and friends, finding employment at a Philadelphia theatre, exposed to all the hideous license of the life of a “low comedian,” (— in which it is but too probable that he contracted the seeds of disease embittering his future life —) “falling in love,” getting married [to Mary Levison] and drifting into newspaper life — how should he be better — how, rather, should he not be worse? Poor Levison! I am sorry that there have been times that I have felt harshly towards you. Follow your child [Ellen Levison] into the great unknown sea to which we’re all driving! God will have mercy and pity on his own creature — and into God’s hands, I, your poor fellow mortal, commit you. I am sure it is well with you, now.

But oh God! Why, Why? A poor race of men what an old, sad, changeless story is this one of Sorrow and Death. O the aching hearts and weeping eyes that this weary planet has sustained — for their brief span! And there’s no answer to the why — but a resolute silence. Neither philosophy, or praying hands can help us. But

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Dates: 1857-02-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Death
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