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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 90, February 17-18, 1850

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Identifier: DX08781415

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 90, February 17-18, 1850

Description: Comments on slavery and his disappointment with tradesmen and how business is conducted.


will hew in the Slave states — and when there is then no market for the human-cattle, the system will suicide itself. Then that emigration of freed blacks will encrease to Liberia — and thus, in time Africa be civilized — which all the missionyzing in the world will never effect. [words crossed out] Divers anecdotes of Slavery, and its evils moral and political told.

18. Monday. To Chatham Street — “pants” purchasing — very parisian cut. Faith, I’ll look like one of Paul de Kock’s students! / I cannot say I like the “children of Israel.” The desire to get money is shewn in such odious way — nor is their physiognomy prepossessing. By the bye, it is no insignificant Sign of the Times — the utter rascality and venality of the modern shopkeeper. In the times of our fathers, the tradesman who supplied a bad article — not durable, would be considered a rogue — called one, and atonement expected. Nowadays, every thing is made, like Peter Pindars razors to Sell, and that only. Everything for look and sale. It is a damned age for that matter! “Mose [among the Britishers]” all day — mighty busy, — lots of shirt button, pregoing out miseries. These things misanthrophize the temper for more than great sorrows. It’s a hateful thing to leave holes in shirts, buttons-missing, and ten times more hateful to have to plan and bother and scheme how to remedy such trumpery nuisances. It’s a nuisance to have the mind irritated by such pettinesses.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-02-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Clothing and dress
Free blacks
African Americans


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