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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 82, January 29-31, 1850

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Identifier: DX08747947

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 82, January 29-31, 1850

Description: Discusses a lecture by Ralph Waldo Emerson he attended, and mentions a visit to Jersey City to see Hugh Muir and Bill Collinson.


the world says Revolutionists it might look for Revolutions — “Spoons and skimmers lie in a heap &mdash but a vase or statue stands alone.” The sternest and most inspiring moral to be drawn from his [Ralph Waldo Emerson’s] lecture, was that Man must regenerate himself, rely on his own mind before prating reform. It was the mote and beam parable, applied most rigidly. Rely on, study Nature, avoid Cant of all kinds, let country patriotism, temperance, friends, all be estimated but at their future worth &mdash look only to Soul and God! Emerson’s intellectual creed is sublime, solemn and solitary &mdash It is as if each individual soul must travel in through space self complete, ever pressing onwards in immortal silence.

30. Wednesday. Out to Chatham Street for a bit. Drawing all day. Night crossed to Jersey. Finding Hughie [Muir] & [Bill] Collinson together at the latter’s workshop. So, sat down and chatted till 9 with them. Old Collinson hard at work. quite a Wilkie-like picture by the lamp light. Hughie talks of migration northwards with him, when the old fellow goes. Walked to [79] York Street with them, and into the old room, which stoveless, boxless and bookless looked dull enough. Then left and returned.

31. Thursday. Long talk after breakfast in sitting room among boarders &mdash first on the Preissnitz [Vincenz Priessnitz ] cold water system,

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-01-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Lectures and lecturing


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