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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 162, February 22-23, 1857

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Identifier: DX03743806

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 162, February 22-23, 1857

Description: Regarding his thoughts on the hypocritical behavior of people after William Levison's death.


but a silent inclination of the head. It was an invitation that we should do a little comfortable bit of hypocrisy together. I do think kindly of poor [William] Levison, but out upon this cowardly, clamorous, short-lived excess of grief on one hand, and this cant of emotion that is not felt on the other!

There's something inherently untrue all through American life and character. [James] Parton supposed [Jesse] Haney likely to marry that woman [Mary Levison] — knowing, too, that Haney knows what her nature is. And he himself [words crossed out] Fanny Fern [words crossed out]

I was carried away by his judgment of Walt Whitman, despite my own thoughts. When Walt told him, "on his honor," that he — the Author of "Leaves of Grass" — had lived a perfectly chaste life, that staggered my faith. I had doubts before. Now I know that I should have held to my own judgment.

By Jove, I’ll do so hereafter uninfluenced by the whole crowd of them. And I'll believe no better of their intellects or natures than they deserve. I can stand on my feet as firmly as any of them. I know as much, and am as good.

23. Monday. Drawing till an hour before sunset. Then down Broadway to the Park, in company with Rawson Gill. In the boarding-house parlor, talking with a Miss [Nina] Brooks in the evening. This girl and her mother are compa-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-02-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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