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on the consideration that they should play the Marseillaise, which they
did.     Not till past 5 did the corteg  pass.       Mounted policeman
galloped to and fro for some time, and presently an equerry, who
returning to the Bricklayers Arms Station, probably reported that
all was right.     From our front little garden, I had a very good
view of the party.     L. N. sat in a spacious open carriage, which
rolled on at an easy trot, his wife on his right side, and Prince
Albert facing him.     He was dressed in regimentals, with a gold-laced
cocked hat, ^|he| bent forwards, stooping rather, and looked unwholesome.
Eugenie s head was turned towards the other side of the road, so
the rear of a pretty straw bonnet was all I saw of her.  Prince
Albert sat upright, looking good humored and florid.     The crowd
did some shouting, not over much, and women waved handkerchiefs
from windows, and so passed the commencement of this ovation
to successful and unscrupulous despotism.             I don t like Crime
the more when flushed with all the glory of triumph.    Do Englishmen
think they can dodge and palter with Eternal Justice and Right and
Wrong, that they are willing to shelve all this man s antecedents,
to believe in him, because Expediency has made him their ally in
this War.     If he have, as appears, acted in all good faith to
them, let him have justice done to his conduct, in God s name,
but no slavering gratis.   History won t identify him with France.
Napoleonism will wear out, it matters not much whether in three
years or in thirty.               For he, himself, how must he muse on
all this, knowing what his life has been.     To him Right and
Wrong, Good and Evil, and Justice, must seem figures of speech,
his whole career is a contradiction to the idea of wrong-doing ending
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page fifty-two
Description:Describes attending a procession for Louis Napoleon in London.
Date:1855-04-16
Subject:Albert, Prince Consort of Victoria, Queen of Great Britain; Clothing and dress; Eugenie, Empress, consort of Napoleon III, Emperor of the French; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Napoleon III, Emperor of the French; Parades
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.