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sition about him, and rotting feet!                    In the evening,
with Ned, and the Staffordshire man by a French omnibus to
the Boulevards Italiens.  The vehicle was a commodious one, but
had no door, though a projecting roof sheltered the conducter, who
was, of course, of military exterior.  The night proving wet, the
covered arcades were thronged, where the print shops proved attractive.
Lithographs of nude beauties openly exposed, handsomely dressed
women in shops, a well bearded silversmith taking his short pipe amid
a blaze of gold and silverware, with much more; and as we re-
turn to our lodging pretty female legs in the majority again.  Little
Perret tells of his being on service in the Gard Nationale, for four
days in the affair of June.
  16. Saturday.    The three of us to the Jardins des Plantes,
Holton having promised to meet us there, but failing.   At the Galerie
de Geologic, and the Zoological departments.  Bears, giraffes,
lions, tigers and a young hippopotamus who lay in the sun like
a pre-adamite pig, looking, I thought very unfit for an inhabitant
of Schiller s Charybdis.     Visited as Ned said  our friends the
Monkeys,  and administered a cigar to a big blue faced ape, part
of which he ate, (which subsequently disagreed with him.)     The day
was sunny and windy; outside the grounds were shows, and a
circular crowd around a man breaking stones with his fist, for stray
sous.     Rambling back along the Seine, in at print shops, and
presently over the river to the Palais Royal and Louvre, taking
a pale ale lunch at tip top caf .     Back hotel-wards, another
rain storm giving us half an hour in a print shop, then to dinner.
In our court, opposite our window is a girl with a pleasant intelli-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page ninety-three
Description:Describes a visit to the Jardins des Plantes in Paris.
Date:1855-06-15
Subject:Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holton, Dr.; Perret, Louis; Travel; Zoos
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.