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  13.  Friday.  Writing to Alf Waud, and to Mary Anne.   A
dull, rainy day.  Sam looked in for five minutes, at the close of it.
  14. Saturday.
  15.  Sunday.  Walk to London Bridge in the morning; and out
with Charley in the evening.    Calling at Whitelaw s recent abode, was in-
formed that he d left it, gone in the country, they did nt know where.
Unsuccessful calls at Corbett s, Saunder s, and Jack Boutcher s, thence
  16.  Monday. To Westminster.  The day a sunny, warm, exhila-
rating one, certain flags being displayed here and there, and a Green-
wich-fair-like stream of squalid people setting eastwards, in honor of
the expected arrival of Louis Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, and his
Empress.    Returning, preparations were increasing, benches out in front
of taverns, seats being contrived for the elevation of lookers on, dingy men
and dingier women squatting in available places.   All the afternoon did
this continue.  Mrs Mason and her daughter arrived,  Sam, Minnie
and Mrs Heath, also the sister of Lucy, (our pretty little waiting maid,)
aand the farmers  young man.     In the little garden of the next house (now
empty, and owned by my father;) an extensive settlement of babies, nurses,
holiday mechanics &c was made, an occasional pewter pot gleamed, and
bong clay pipes were visible.    The crowd along the road was an extensive 
one, all the opposite shop fronts, balconies and out buildings had occupants.
To the left our neighbours had fitted up seats behind their wall, and these,
together with the stable tops were filled by visitors or servants.   My
sisters, mother &c occupied our balcony.   The day was very fine, un-
usually warm for the month.     Peripatetic bounds were in operation, &
 Partant Pour le Syrie  was done to death.   To one of these I contributed
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page fifty-one
Description:Describes attending a procession for Louis Napoleon in London.
Subject:Boutcher, Jack; Corbett (England); Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heath, Mrs.; Lucy; Mason, Miss (England); Mason, Mrs. (England); Napoleon III, Emperor of the French; Saunders; Waud, Alfred; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.