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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 74, March 30, 1852

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Identifier: DX01107529

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 74, March 30, 1852

Description: Describes a lecture by E.H. Chapin on John Hampden.

Transcription:

Liberty is no New Story, but written in the heart of men of all times. That in History Louis Nap’s Coup d’e Etat will look as little as Charles 2nd Restoration. The great river flows ever onwards, sweeping over or aroud these, temporary distractions. /

One thing pleased me marvellously, and yet another. Speaking of Race, that it would seem that Liberty was the Inheritance of the Anglo Saxon. That words of power, conquest &c. in the English language were mostly of Norman stock, but Love, Home, Heart, and the like Household Words — Saxon. So is it.

Saxon is unquestionably the stock of our noble tongue – the test of an original language is, can you make a phrase or sentence completely out of it. Now you can of Saxon words — but not of the Norman French. It is plea-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1852-03-30

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Lectures and lecturing
Language and languages

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