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in failure and punishment.     The Queen, whom respectable Poritons
delight to descant upon as a virtuous wife and mother, gives him the
garter, buckles it on his leg, he to whom the brothels of New York, and
the slums of London are familiar !  What an Historic Tableau  
Right Divine decorating Parvenue Unscrupulousness, crime and perjury Shakspere s 
 tickling Commodity  standing broker between them!|
    /   To Sam s in the evening, where were Heath and his wife.
  17.  Tuesday.     Turning out in the evening, met Waud at the
gate.   Bit of a walk together, then to George Clarke s where we stayed
till 9, then to our house to supper. (Wilkins had been there.)
Will Waud stayed with us the night, sharing my bed.
  18.  Wednesday.  Loafing about in the garden, Will Waud abet-
ting, talking to my sisters &c, subsequently to George Clarke s.   Waud
off, I back to dinner.  Evening to the  Sun  tavern in Ludgate Hill,
there to meet Wilkins and one Cockshaw, a friend of his, with whom
we had a bottle of sherry.     Preparations for the Emperor s city visit on
the morrow,  breaks  being put up, to check the press of people, as they use
to do, at a public execution.      Had a letter from Hannah to-day.
(Wrote to her yesterday.)
  19.  Thursday.  Met Sam and Minnie in the Walworth Road,
bent on going City wards, to see the Emperor.   So joined them, and
over Waterloo Bridge eastwards, to Temple bar.   Windows and housetops
crowded, people filling shop fronts, on raised stands, and vehicles.   The
ugly churches islanding the Strand by Somerset House and farther on had
pendant spectators on its rails and lower windows.   And a very ill washed
shabby, grimy, insulting, jocular humored mob is an English one, nor have
its component parts the aptitude for  excitement  a Yankee crowd possesses.
Had every bit of blasphemy or ribaldry provoked by my offending beard been
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page fifty-three
Description:Describes attending a procession for Louis Napoleon in London.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Clarke, George; Cockshaw; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heath; Heath, Mrs.; Napoleon III, Emperor of the French; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain; Waud, William; Wilkins
Coverage (City/State):London, [England]
Coverage (Street):Walworth Road
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.