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nail us for an hours lecture (in French), and back to the Cour
de Commerce, and as it rained dismally, to letter writing.
Thus all the morning, declining the Doctor s proferred offer of
conducting us to more lectures, he, on the  nothing like leather  prin
ciple,  being ardent for it.     Talk with Madame Perret below,
of Paris and its peculiarities.     The house, she says, is one in 
which Danton resided, but they don t know which individual room.
Just round the corner, at No 11 of the Rue de l Ecole de Mede-
cine, is the apartment where Charlotte Corday stabbed Marat,  
but a few years ago, and his sister showed the place,   she is now
dead.             In the afternoon the three of us, with a Staffordshire
man to the Louvre.   There till 4, looking at sculpture, porce-
lain, paintings &c.     There is a noble Rubens gallery, and the
Murillo, perhaps the finest picture in the world.     In another part
I noticed the tomb of Philip des Comines, the Chronicler, (and des-
poiler of orphans,) who appears in Scotts Quentin Durward, and
Anne of Geirstein.           Turning out into the rain, we looked in at
the Church of St Germain d Auxerrois, which gave the signal
for the massacre of St Bartholomew, and then visited the Morgue.
It is a small, square building, by the side of the Seine, not far
from the Island of the Cite, its open doors inviting passers by to
look in, which they generally do.   Behind a barred and glazed
apartment stretching across one end of the interior, on a bare 
slate, or metal couch, the upper part of his body resting on a piece
of sloping brass, lay the corpse of a hideous negro, which had evi-
dently been taken from the river.     He was naked, excepting about
the loins, horribly swollen, with horrid splotches of greenish decompo-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page ninety-two
Description:Describes visits to the Louvre and the Morgue in Paris.
Date:1855-06-15
Subject:Corday, Charlotte; Danton, Georges Jacques; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holton, Dr.; Louvre (Paris, France) ; Marat, Jean Paul; Perret, Madame; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, France]
Coverage (Street):No. 11 Rue de l'Ecole de Medecine
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.