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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 114, May 12, 1850

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Identifier: DX09381793

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 114, May 12, 1850

Description: Discusses Joe Greatbatch becoming his new roommate and attending a sermon by E.H. Chapin with Henry Hart.


12. Sunday. Joe [Greatbatch] becameth an inmate of my room, having ousted Bryant, not to my felicitation. For a relative can be disagreable sans check, whereas strangers are always on best behaviour to each other. / A sunny breezy walk to the Battery with him, from where we cross to Brooklyn, and pass the morn in a trolling hither and thither. A godly view of the Knickerbockian capital — the Narrows, sea, sky and civilization —all beautiful,) from the “Heights.” Return, dine, afternoon siesta, and evening at the Universalist Chapel with [Henry] Hart, to hear [E.H.] Chapin. As is wont of an Evening his discourse was more of a lecture than Sermon. Text “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” A fine, manly, denunciation of the mob-spirit, which was this last week insulted, broken up and ended the Abolitionists meeting. Firstly how a Mob ever behave as did the mob of Ephesus — how there are ever Demetrius puppet-wire-pullers, and self and mammon the root of all. That Respect for Union &c and Fourth of July — Star-splangled Banner mouthings translated truly from Southern Slave-holder dialect mean dollars and Cotton bales. Of the danger of the Rowdy-spirit and of its especial mischief in Democracy, there being no remedy, save in the prompt and instantaneous rebuke of all honest men, whatever may be their individual opinion. The finale was eloquent and Christian. That truth is Eternal and not to be checked or bayed out of other course. Ephesus is no more. Olympian Jove has “forgone his wanted seat” — all has vanished — and the creed preached

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-05-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Slavery, abolition, and emancipation
19th century
Lectures and lecturing
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Fourth of July


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