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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 9, July 25-26, 1849

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Identifier: DX08819143

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 9, July 25-26, 1849

Description: Mentions drawing and playing dominoes. Gives his thoughts on suicide throughout history.


a call on [James] Stringer. Then to 136 Nassau. Baker and the other engravers there abiding. Saw some of the illustrations of the defunct Yankee Doodle , done by a Mr. Martinson, I think to our English Martin, the painter. Very good things too. Went to [Benjamin F.] Childs, John St. A chance of a book to illustrate. Calling at the Sun Office , found no answer to my advertisements, neither with respect to [William] Barth or pupils. Evening a walk with George [Bolton], concluding as yesterdays’, in a game at dominoes.

26. Thursday. Drawing and reading in a desultory and unsatisfactory manner. Thunder storm in the afternoon, lightning very brilliant. Query — How is it that persons struck blind seldom or never commit suicide? — I never heard of a case. Also men who have lost limbs, are maimed, and that terribly? The causes of self murder vary with the ages of the world. Among the Romans, if a hero, a despot, a senator could not help himself in any extremity, it was universally expected of him; — the then natural sequitur. Nero’s case to wit — and he, a coward too. You hear but little of it in the Feudal ages, religion of a sort being active then. In these days it’s done from poverty or romance, never philosophically. Sir Thomas More recommends it, “when a man’s life is burthensome to himself, or others,” and Plato, also. How strangely awful must a man’s face look as he turns the key in his door, with a fierce, sad knowledge of never again reopening it. And to sit down and think and review a past life, hope, how bright,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-07-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Dominoes


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