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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 232, June 27-29, 1853

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Identifier: DX01292974

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 232, June 27-29, 1853

Description: Comments on how strange it is when people never see one another again.


strange feeling that we have been in like scenes before, know what is coming, what will be said &c. [Ralph Waldo] Emerson’s right. No Time and Space in Spirit Land. Eternal “Now.”

What a cloud of faces rise to my Mind’s eye, now. How many, how varied, how for a space daily encountered, then to drift off, never to reappear again. Were it to be said to us even of a chance common-place acquaintance, — “When one of you quit this room, you will never behold him more in this World,” it would sound solemnly. Yet such things are, every day, ‘twixt dear friends, ‘twixt mother and son, wife and husband. ‘Twill come, for one of them.

28. Tuesday. Drawing till 2. Dined, then down town calls. Picayune, Time Piece, [Thomas W.] Strong’s. At a New publication Office “New York Journal.” With [Richard B.] Hutchings. Return. Supped at Erford’s, after calling at Vesey Street & seeing [Alfred] Waud & Brown [Charles Damoreau]. Mr [Henry] Hart, Dillon [Mapother] & Waud came to my room at 7. Up town together, and all, save Dillon to the Gymnasium; he joining us at Erford’s afterwards.

29. Wednesday. Work on a big pine-board poster for Hutchings. Down town in afternoon. Met Dillon & Hart at dinner. Calls. Saw N Orr at “Journal Office.” Back by 1/2 6, feeling weak & ill. Rain

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-06-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Religion


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