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privileges, (which latter are at our entreaty increased.)  Wilkins leaves
promising to rejoin us by 1 or 2.   I wash all over, turn into
the low French bed and go to sleep.     Four hours or so pass,
and when I wake, the hot sunlight which had poured distractingly
into my window, as though defying slumber had passed away, and
soon the skies began to weep dismally.     Wilkins comes not, and
after some two hours waiting Charley, (who is miserable) and Edwin
descend with the intention of getting a vehicle and trying the place be-
fore spoken of; I am to tarry the advent of Wilkins.    My little
room looks forth on the inner square of the hotel, I see odd sloping 
roofs, quaint chimneys, fragile gutters, and fast falling rain. At
an opposite window is a prettyish woman seated at her needle, and
she glances at me occasionally.     I am very hungry, and irate at
Wilkins.   I recollect Andre la Savoyard in Paris for the first
time, and his being in the Hotel Francornard, and have an odd
sort of impression that I had fancied this very experience of Paris, in
my boy days,   that I had known it before.    By 4 1/2 Charley
returns, Edwin remaining below.    Charley is very miserable, faint
from hunger, and declares he ll return to London on the morrow.
He, and Edwin have had unpleasant experience of their ride, the
driver of the fiacre being (of course) unable to read the address.  I con-
sole Charley, we descend, find a waiter who speaks English, pay
bill, and issue forth into the streets of Paris again.     Hail a
vehicle, Ned mounts beside the driver, and we cross the Seine,
and to the Cour de Commerce, Rue de l Ecole de Medecine.    It is
a lengthy, narrowish passage, paved with cobble stones, an iron gate
at either end, another within.   Our hotel is kept by M Louis Perret
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page eighty-five
Description:Describes waiting in a hotel in Paris for Wilkins to arrive.
Subject:Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Perret, Louis; Travel; Wilkins
Coverage (City/State):Paris, [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.