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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 33, January 1-5, 1851

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Identifier: DX09828502

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 33, January 1-5, 1851

Description: Describes attending a sermon at E.H. Chapin's church.




1. Wednesday. Charley [Brown] and friend Fogg up and dressing. I and Alfred [Waud] pulling up old floor-matting, sweeping dust &c. They off for their new years calls. Joe [Greatbatch] came, and I with him visited Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch’s. Returned, parting with Joe. The boy [Fred and Pelham] Andersons called with Mac Namara. Waud dressed, and we start out together. Visited M Jullien, gentlemanly French hostel proprieter, and client of “the Office.” Imbibing Champagne, Madeira and Whiskey (?) There an hour then left. Gave the boys the slip and after brief stroll returned to [177] Canal Street, to pass the remainder of the day in quiet, which to this present 10 at night has been happily accomplished. Folks are merry down stairs, and I am thoughtfully content above. Fire is burning brightly, and Alf Waud is writing a letter to his mother [Mary Fitzjohn Waud], beside me.

2. Thursday. A call at the Office, at 12. Hat-drawing during the afternoon and evening.

3. Friday. Putting down carpet &c. with Waud and Charley in the fore noon. Mr [Henry] Hart called. Hats’ occupying the remainder of the day.

4. Saturday. Drawing and thereanent. Don’t recollect going abroad.

5. Sunday. A fresh mornings walk along the brink of the North River, huge ice-blocks borne along by the clear cold water, or besieging the wharfs; timber piles all candied with ice or snow. Return to dinner and Alf Waud. Afternoon reading and dozing till Mapother called. Evening with Waud and the younger [Homer] Hall to [E.H.] Chapin’s. Sermon peculiarly apropos for a New Year. Of the object and ends of Life, that Man being the culminating point of Nature, the link between the visible and invisible hath a higher destiny than existence in this lower world. That this exquisitely fashioned raiment of body worn by us enshrines a spirit to which Nature speaks not only through Material beauty, but Spiritual and Moral. That as the successive generations of Mankind go to the grave

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-01-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Drawing
New Year
19th century
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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