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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 131, June 26-28, 1850

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Identifier: DX09455522

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 131, June 26-28, 1850

Description: Mentions visiting the University of Cambridge [Harvard University] and talking to a student there.

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Cumbride apparently a chaos of skeleton shanties in a marsh — Subsequently a country road, and pleasant enough. Somehow I am always happier when alone, than in every-day company. I have higher, quieter and purer thoughts, and no irksome irritability mars self-respect. / Cambridge, and its colleges. Talk with a young student (yclept Curtis) while standing at the entrance of one of the buildings. Of English Oxford, of American Politics and thereanent. I think many a young American, must look back with pleasant thoughts to quiet days of study passed in this same University of Cambridge [Harvard University], when in the thick of the go-ahead, and material life, all rarely avoid plunging into.

27. Thursday. Breakfast over, re-trode my last nights walk, and some two or three miles further, over hot dusty, quiet roads and lane, tree-shade above, and the sweet scent of new-mown hay on the air. Arrived at Mount Auburn Cemetery, and two solemn, peaceful, healthful hours there. It is larger; and of more pretensions then Laurel Hill; — as beautiful, yet to my thinking, not more so. Hill and declivity, buzzing of summer insects, trees throwing a sunlight-chequered shade over quiet burial places. (Yet the Schuylkill was wanting.) Some queerly-simple monuments — like Brobdignag dice set in order. Byzantine-early-english-no-style church with stained glass windows. /Rode back on omnibus top. Dinner, read, and doze. Evening a ramble through the city, across bridge, and to South Boston, and thereabout.

28. Friday. Making sketches for J B Hall’s “Fireman’s Book” all the morning and afternoon. A dull, dank day. Out with them. Evening a ramble through the city; returning, and having ticket for the

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1850-06-26

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Universities and colleges
Education, Higher
Cemeteries
Education
Travel

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