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He was a slowish speaking man of perhaps fifty, dark haired and
possessing a mania for lectures, as subsequently appeared.  Also
he was a Maine Law man, (which I discovered on asking him to
take a drink.)     By his suggestion we started for the Hotel de Ville,
he leaving us for the purpose of fetching his wife, but we saw him no
more that day.    All round three sides of the huge building were people
standing en queue, some four deep, waiting to be admitted to lend the
Emperor money.     They were of all classes, and indeed the loan re-
quired was fitted up long before half the crowd had gained access. (Here s
about the best proof of confidence conceivable, as people will often risk
their lives where they wouldn t their money.)     Access being rendered on
the production of passports, we went through the building, which on
the previous night had been the scene of a ball given to the King of
Portugal by the Emperor.   Finely furnished rooms, gold fringe, fresco-
paintings, great and ingeniously arranged mirrors, waxed floors, a
stream of people and gorgeous upholstery generally held our attention until
near 4, and then we adjourned to Notre Dame.     After gazing
up at the great towers, from the steps of a building opposite, we entered
the Cathedral, by one of the curiously ornamented doorways spoken of
by Hugo, in the noblest, and most complete romance ever written.  Ser
vice was being performed, women kneeled on chairs, soldiers and
spectators straggled in and out, and an ugly man behind a sort of
counter at the bottom of a column, proffered a mangy painter s brush dip-
ped in holy water to believers.     Very few men were devotional, and
those priests, very ill-looking priests.    / I may say this too, generally
of the tribe in Paris.  You see heavy sensual faces, mean, slinking
ones, cunning vicious ones, intolerant, cruel ones   all Priests.  I don t
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page eighty-nine
Description:Describes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Date:1855-06-14
Subject:Books and reading; Church buildings; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holton, Dr.; Holton, Mrs.; Notre-Dame de Paris (Cathedral); Religion; Travel
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.