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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 151, February 5-6, 1853

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Identifier: DX01247636

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 151, February 5-6, 1853

Description: Comments on men of leisure.


them at, (after supping.) Pistol and Rifle practice; winding up with St Charles’ and oysters. These sort of excercises be are well enough for those of infinite leisure & money; — but ‘tis a dreary ambition that squanders night after night, repulsing [wholesome?] sleep, book thoughts & gentler pleasures for proficiency in such. I care not for them. Only were I a prince or millionare [millionaire] I would wish to have the education of Gargantua; — that of body & mind being equally tended to. I think that the best treatise on education ever written.

Had a letter from [William] Barth this day, dated a month back.

6. Sunday. In doors, reading [Michel de] Montaigne. Ceaseless rain out o’ doors. At 5 came [Joseph H.] Brightly & [Charles] Brown. Two hours close talk anent divers matters, then to the 5 [cents] Charles’ Broadway saloon, where we had a quiet well chosen supper & salad and a bottle of Sherry afterwards. And lots of talk. Every one threw his part into the general stock, and very pleasant was the result. Astronomy, Geology, Ornithology, Creeds, Individual characteristics, thoughts, whims, likings, dislikings & oddities, seasoned with opposite story and illustration. Until we

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-02-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading


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