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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 32, September 4, 1852

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Identifier: DX01193324

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 32, September 4, 1852

Description: Describes attending a ''Camp Meeting.''


They sang to the air of the Christmas Carol

“God rest you merry gentlemen

Let nothing you dismay,”

many of their chaunts had pet chorusses to them, — the favourite one being the rather ungrammatical assertion that

“There is a place of Rest remains —

For the people of G—a—w—d!”

The whole of the forepart of the vessel was thronged, this way, both above & below. The majority both of singers & listeners were women; — some older, earnest looking hard-faced men were there, but the look where you would you saw, the common place & uninteresting faces of women lit up with sectarian fanaticism. And presently a young men, smoothly shaven & with straight black hair stood up and preached. I heard it all, very poor theology as it was, with infinite repetition. Its marrow was this, sudden & violent conversion & “Glory.” No thought of Religion as manifest in the detail of each days life, of home duties & doing unto one another as you would be done unto. Spiritual Dram-drinking thats all. / Two or three, both sexes marched round the boat anon singing hymns. One girl had a comely, though inane face, another fat & rather sensual looking. But the unwomanliness of the whole thing — the air of brandishing their “faith,” as it were in people’s eyes! Fancy one’s

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-09-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Camp meetings


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