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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 31, September 3-4, 1852

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Identifier: DX01192835

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 31, September 3-4, 1852

Description: Describes attending a ''Camp Meeting'' with William Roberts.


lying in straw, a woman on her knees half delerious with overwrought feeling & fanaticism, while some dozen [word crossed out] men were praying & singing round her. A painful sight to witness. / Anon in one of the tents, [William] Roberts was accosted by his sister, [Warren] Butlers wife, & by her led to where his own wife & their child was. / All three had been “camping out” since Tuesday) Wandering about, rather moved for my own part to witness all this morbid rhapsodizing. As time wore on, a great crowd had seated itself on roughly-supported plank, in a partially open place & were listening to a sermon. 10 o’clock & Roberts, Mrs Butler & I enter a vehicle & return to Sing Sing, Mrs Roberts & boy remaining at the “Camp.” After parting with Mrs B, (who by the way during all the ride kept asking her brother in a drawling affected tone, to“ treat her,” to which [word crossed out] Roberts repled he would if she’d accompany them to where it was feasible:) we supped at a tavern, then to an adjacent hotel & abed together.

4. Saturday. Up, breakfast & aboard, Roberts’ wife, boy, Mrs Butler all there. Boat crowded, and speedily the major part of the occupants, mindful of the “Spiritual Bust” they had been partaking of, set to work singing and preaching. All the hymn tunes sung were rather lively — one, the well known

“There is a land of pure delight—”

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-09-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Camp meetings


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