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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 78, October 26, 1852

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Identifier: DX01211457

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 78, October 26, 1852

Description: Comments on Daniel Webster's death.

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[Tammany] Hall’s illuminated windows, strolled there. A great concourse assembled, in the street & Park, bands of music braying forth martial minstrelsy, and cannon firing in the Park. Witnessing the latter performace for awhile. Political meeting, Democratic. French’s Hotel next door all draped in White & black festoons, as mourning-tokens for the death of Daniel Webster.

That’s a great man gone. [words crossed out] I think as eloquent [word crossed out] words have been spoken by the “farmer’s son” as ever were by Demosthenes, in his glorious orations. [words crossed out] What a grand, solemn fact is death, dignifying even the meanest of us, — and how much more so these great spirits, who beacon like, stand up from among their fellow men. — All of us drifting out, fast, to that great shoreless sea, whose murmur is in our ears at [word crossed out] quiet, solemn, times though all|[words crossed out] unnoted by us in the uproar of worldly strife. Some day sure noted in the calendar, when the Sun will rise, men go abroad to their daily foil, read newspapers, laugh, talk, bargain, and — I shall lie still enough, having done with it All. When

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1852-10-26

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Politics and government
Death

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