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tall cross is seen on one of the quays, many quaint old houses; and
pretty numerous and very picturesque crowd await our debarkation.
Every second man is a soldier, every soldier a little man with fierce
moustachios, a cocked hat, trousers resembling collapsed balloons,
and hands in pockets.     Fishermen, and fishwomen are there, the
former red capped, and highbooted, with sturdy or grizzled Gallic
phiziognomy, the latter with high white caps, shortish skirts, and
sometimes sabots, sometimes bare feet.     We are surrounded by an
atmosphere of French dialect, everybody talks and gesticulates. After
ten minutes row about a sixpenny swindle denominated  stewards fee 
(which we had to pay after taking its value out of the swindlers, in
revilement,) we go ashore, exhibit passport, and are cast forth into
a sea of excited French touters.     With a gentlemanly young Swiss,
(who has been our fellow voyager)  we proceed to the Railroad dep t,
and learn that we have three hours at our own disposal.  Strolling
therefore about the old, old streets, with their queerly roofed houses,
over the cobble stones, we first look in at a Church wherein are
a number of girls and a priest performing service after a style im-
mediately reminding me of the Ojibwas at La Pointe, Lake Supe-
rior; and then to a handsome Caf , fronting the quay.     Its
interior, with mirrors, little tables, and stylish fittings-up looked
very New Yorkish to my eyes; its waiter had his hair out in the
latest French style,   a la Lunatic Asylum.     A dame di comptoir
sat on a little dais, smiling affably on well-bearded and moustached
customers, who played cards or dominoes with the accompaniments of
caf  and petit verres of cognac.     Refreshing ourselves with the
same, we resumed our stroll, towards the extremity of a pier,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page eighty-two
Description:Describes his arrival in Dieppe, France.
Date:1855-06-12
Subject:Clothing and dress; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Dieppe, France]
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.