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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 93, May 2-4, 1851

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Identifier: DX01015009

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 93, May 2-4, 1851

Description: Comments on a sermon by E.H. Chapin.


room-mate came, a boy of 14, he having been locked out all night.

3 Saturday. Descent to breakfast, after the Holtein plan, but improved. Bare room, with stools, two long tables and mechanics. Out to [168] Duane Street and Mr [Henry] Harts. There awhile, then to [177] Canal Street, meeting [Thomas] Picton on the way, and with him taking a cigar at Rileys Museum-liquor-store.) With Mr [Elisha] Hall and Homer till 1/2 past 11, then returned to Robinson and dinner. Afternoon reading English newspapers, Dispatch and Examiner. Evening to Canal Street, and out with Homer. To Frenchs, saw Cross, and back with him to Canal. Called at [Hardin] Andrews, learnt he had gone to live in Brooklyn, so I suppose there’s an end of the boarding house scheme. Back at about 11 to Robinson and bed. Talk with young Vandenhoft, boy-room companion and bed.

4. Sunday. Called at Duane Street, but found Mr Hart & Dillon [Mapother] had gone out, so turned my steps to the little Universalist Church. [E.H.] Chapin preached, and to say that the sermon was of the highest order were but faint praise. As his text he took the words “He who has seen me has seen the father also.” Poorly indeed can I fasten down his sermon, or analyse the infinite beauties of the composition, yet so full is my heart of it and of its influence on me, [words crossed out] that I must essay to do it. Commencing with the declaration that these words of Jesus contained one of those grand truths, so strikingly marking the difference of the revered Christian religion from that of others; he proceeded to point out the distinct difference. Namely the belief in One God. However it may be seen and said that in the gorgeous faiths of the olden world, there was, pervading throughout and over all the multiplicity of deific-attributes: the idea of Unity, yet how dim was it. Egypt with its mystic colossal gods, which lean out from the descent of time, classic, beautiful, poetical corrupt Greece; powerful and world-swaying Rome; — what are their creeds contrasted with that of Jesus of Nazareth? How liable and how prone were they to be per-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-05-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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