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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 83, January 31, 1850

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Identifier: DX08752127

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 83, January 31, 1850

Description: Discusses conversations he had with his fellow boarders at his Duane Street boarding house.


then its advocate disclosed to myself and a stout Englishman a certain projected “System” wherewith to destroy monopoly of riches, making land the basis of property. Warm-hearted but impracticable philantrophists are these men — men can not and will not classify like beavers — the aristocrat of Intellect will be paid better and have, and satisfy more wants than the hewer of wood and drawer of water. But most assuredly ere the present Century be ended, wondrously greater will be man’s knowledge and consequently power. None but dolts who pride themselves in not seeing beyond their noses can doubt that as Earth and Water have yielded and become Man’s holds so will Air, and be navigated likewise. What of the spirit may not Mesmerism yet unfold? We have got bits of the chain — cannot connect and link the science — have a confused medley — old and new. But then

“Think Father — May not Heaven

Be thus common earth full-grown?

Think — Are not signals given

Of it’s voyage, well nigh flown — ?

/ Drawing till Evening, only going out for a few minutes in the afternoon. Then writing till near midnight, in reply to Mine Own, Only love [Mary Bilton]. /

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-01-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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