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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 161, February 22, 1857

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Identifier: DX03742941

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 161, February 22, 1857

Description: Regarding the reactions of Jesse Haney and Mrs. Levison to William Levison's death.

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despair and outcries and drunkenness. It is as though when the King of Terrors came they all threw themselves prostrate, yelling with insane grief and terror. I would be sorry to pass harsh judgment, and I am sure [Jesse] Haney feels [William] Levison’s death deeply. But on Friday night, at the supper table, he, Sol Eytinge and [Frank] Cahill were laughing and cutting jokes. And Levison lay stark and cold upstairs!

It might be the result of overstrained feeling — reaction. But I did not think so at the time. At the funeral, when at Greenwood, Haney had to be carried by two men back to the carriage, his violent grief had so un-manned him. Doesticks [Mortimer Thomson] took him home with him to supper dinner. Mrs [Mary] Levison didn’t shed a tear. Cahill, who told this on his return, said he "would have preferred seeing her give way to the wildest expressions of &c &c" "it was the silent grief that kills." Bah! What a deal of hypocrisy goes to make up every matter of importance in life. Of course it's correct to believe in this huge unspoken sorrow — which we don't see — it would be brutal to do otherwise! But how if it don't exist? If the woman have no love in her heart? As I stood by [Frank] Bellew amid the crowd of spectators, one of them whispered to me "It'll be long before we get another as good as him." What answer could I make

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1857-02-22

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Death

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