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a Swiss, and Madame his wife, an Englishwoman, who as
we arrive are just about presiding at dinner, which we are
not sorry to sit down to.     Some eight male boarders are present,
who converse in good or indifferent French, and who presently appear
to be all English; also an old Swiss woman.   The room is a
moderately spacious one, having to large windows, opening, (as do
all French windows to the ground,) with a lengthy iron rod for
bolt, from ceiling to floor, also mysterious handles.   Lithographic
portraits, and maps ornament the walls, and at the upper end
of the room are seven pictures starting on either side from the
same level, and each hopping as it were centrally until the odd one
surmounted the clock, which is large and has its internal arrangements
mysteriously sunk in the flaccid room papering.     M. Perret is a
little good humoured man, with a thick moustache, which looks
as if he had recently inked it, the hair being black but un-lustrous,
and grayish at the roots.     He is very polite, has been in the National
Guard, and wears a ribbon at his button hole.     His wife is light-
haired, of a spare figure, but reddish faced, speaks French very
fluently, has travelled and read much, and is generally communi-
cative and intelligent.  But more of Madame anon.     We dine,
cut jokes, and are finishing with tea when enter Wilkins.   I 
hand him my chair telling him I won t lack courtesy, albeit he
does.   He sits awhile, takes a cup of tea and talks; I tell him
he has humbugged us, whereupon he gets up and clears out, and
there s a end of him.               Talk continues, and presently we
three stroll out to the Gardens of the Luxembourg, our companion
being a little Irishman yclept Marshall,who has been in New
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page eighty-six
Description:Describes arriving at the Parisian boarding house of M. Perret.
Date:1855-06-13
Subject:Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marshall (France); Perret, Louis; Perret, Madame; Travel; Wilkins
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, 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.