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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 135, July 11-13, 1851

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Identifier: DX09961867

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 135, July 11-13, 1851

Description: Describes a school-boy prank from his past and attending a sermon of Henry Ward Beecher.


being an advertising “bug-destroyer,” the boy was chaffed thereon. Sitting beside him it occured to my boy brain to chronicle on slate the marvellous intimation that “Tiffin Says His Mother’s Got a Tail!” and pass it on to [William] Barth, who sate next. He added to it the words “Gunn says”, and — passed it on. Next boy wrote the like using Barths name, and this it ran the whole course of the school room, each boy appending fresh name. Finally, whether the boy Thomas who sate last handed it to Guthrie (as I think ‘twas;) or whether he took it, Guthrie read it aloud, nor could he, nor boys either help grinning as he came to the conclusion. I have some idea that the ill-used Tiffin left the school in consequence.

12. Saturday. At the Hand all the morning, making sketch of last night’s encampment, from one done yestermorn. After dining with Barth, to New York. To Chamber Street. No letters from Alf [Waud] or home as should be. To Webers, Canal Street boot maker; to Kentuck Hall, pictures not yet raffled. To Del Vecchio’s, saw Davis. To Schnieder Moreys, & then returned to Brooklyn.

13. Sunday. To the Church where preaches Henry Ward Beecher, a notable of the day. The Church, a large one was filled. Of the Sermon I can speak but little, as truth to tell I was dozing during the earlier half, much against mine own will. But the day was so sultry, and on each side of me sat a lady working fan most industriously I could not avoid it. The effort so to do became absolutely powerful; eyelids as if leaden and I’d find myself nod-nodding incessantly. The latter part of Sermon I heard — a shrewd world knowing one. An eloquent man, now using quaint or handy phrase now lofty and imaginative. He knows his power, & I think aims at effect. People on dismissal would think more of the man than what he spake of. / Evening after expecting Barth’s coming some time, in vain, strolled to Sand Street & called at Davis’s. Sate awhile looking over “Home’s Everday Book,” till he & a fellow lodger returned from a walk. Talk of John & Jonathan. I think that half the Englishmen who come hither

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-07-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Drawing
Practical jokes


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