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the stone balusters.     They appear to scowl, grin, sneer, or stedfastly
watch the great city, so that the towers seem to be manned by devils
and monsters.  (One, I noticed, was devouring a struggling dog.)
Ascending still further, we soon reached the very summit of the north
tower, (from which Dom Claude is precipitated by Quasimodo, in the
story,) and are full two hundred feet above Paris.    Here are more
monsters, oddy curven spouts, and another noble view. (Very strange
must the effect be, after a heavy rain storm to see these fantastic
gutterheads vomiting water.)     Descending, seeing the bells, (are
any of Quasimodo s seraglio there now?) down the other tower, past
Dom Claude s cell, (where some one had chalked  ANA TKA on the 
door,) and to dinner at our hotel.     A promenade in the evening
along the print-shops by the Seine, taking shelter from a shower of
rain in a wine shop, then over the bridge, and towards the Champs
Elysee.     All the women abroad vouchsafed so liberal a display
of handsome legs, that all the admiration of sexual beauty in one s
nature was stirred up.   One lady pedestrian there was, who went
before us for twenty minutes in the grounds fronting the Tuileries,
(as we turned back from an abortive attempt to reach the Arc de
l Etoile,) whose beautiful legs and exquisite walk might have lit
up a fire in the breast of Saint Anthony.     
                          To the Boulevard Italiens, &
by 11, to our hotel.
  15. Friday.  Up by 6, and with Doctor Holton, Marshall
and my brothers to the adjacent Ecole de Medecine.  A great throng of
students and Doctors visiting the various patients,   one a man with
a gangrened toe   pah !     Escaped from the Doctor, who wanted to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page ninety-one
Description:Describes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, including the stone gargoyles.
Date:1855-06-14
Subject:Books and reading; Church buildings; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holton, Dr.; Marshall (France); Notre-Dame de Paris (Cathedral); Physicians and surgeons; Travel; Women
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.