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where stood the Lighthouse.     Many idlers were assembled here, look-
ing forth on the Channel, above a lovely sunset sky, with here
and there a sharply defined star, the gradations of color in the
atmosphere being unspeakably beautiful.     A small crowd had as-
sembled round a boy who lay, apparently, in a fit; a number of women
were hauling in a small barque; lively girls in caps sans bonnet, or
sh only wearing their sleek soft hair paced about, and English ser-
vants, with extreme straitness of outline smoked cigars and talked
Mayfair dialect.     Returning to our Caf , we had a bottle of wine,
and presently a rapid run to the Dep t, a soldier quickening us
by the way with  Allez! vite!     Our Swiss friend enters the first
class; we, in the second are confined with seven other perspiring
mortals, on a close summer s night.     And thus we start off, jour-
neying through France, and the night.   Soldiers appear at all the
stations, and much expenditure of excitability and French occurs.
The carriage is superior to an English second class one, but the
over crowding induces a lively sense of the old torture of  des Oubliettes. 
Our fellow traveller are all British; with the exception of a very
ugly little, elderly Frenchman, with a blunt, shapeless nose, a
mouth like an aged toad s, and a projecting chin, who sits in a
corner, and presently goes to sleep, with his face indenting the top of
his hat.     Opposite me is a Londonish young fellow, and a girl,
I presume his sister, who yawns wearily as the night wanes.
  13.  Wednesday.   As the day dawns on our left, presenting
a bright light beneath an uprising curtain of cloud, resting as on
columnar bases, the night travellers look ludicrously miserable. No
fences or hedgerows are seen in the landscape on either hand, no
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page eighty-three
Description:Describes his journey by rail through the French countryside.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Dieppe, France]
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.