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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 137, July 5-7, 1850

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Identifier: DX09481613

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 137, July 5-7, 1850

Description: Discusses drawing, reading, and attending E.H. Chapin's farewell sermon before his departure for a visit to Europe.


ere some time, and a certain money-loving skunk of a brother won’t help him [Frank Royal]. / Return, and I, alone have a true hours nocturnal Battery lounge. Mighty dreary and disconsolate for some time, till the quiet of the night, the calm splash of the wave, and the bright stars above, set me musing, that all these uneasy little irritations, mammon rakings, and the rest of the briars of this working-day world are but for a season. We’ve no abiding city here. — Aye! but to fritter away the best days of one’s live, away from one loving and lovely face [Mary Bilton] seems hard enow.

6. Saturday. At work on the Phillips and Sampsonian drawing all day. In Mr [Henry] Hart’s room, in company with Mr Johns, Mr H and [Dillon] Mapother being absent on a Peekskill survey. Evening, out with Mr Hart, Bayne & Joe [Greatbatch], a Battery walk, and on Rabineau’s. Accidental severation, and Mr Bayne and I dispose of a few oysters at Sherwoods.

7. Sunday. Cigar and [G.P.R.] James’ “Oak Chest” on Rabineaus till dinner time. Joe with me. Reading during the afternoon. At night to Chapel, and heard [E.H.] Chapin; — partly a farewell sermon, on his approaching visit to Europe. His leading feature, How the knowledge that an All Pure, and All Kind and Omniscient being hath his unsleeping Eye on Every One of us, should influence thoughts, words, and actions. That a widespread practical Atheism puts this aside too much. The text was from the Pedanist — “If I hide me in the shadow of the night, thou art there also.” / A little incident of this night I must chronicle. Sad thoughts — that I am away from home, not one to think a kind thought of, or say a kind word to me; —

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-07-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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