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tombs and an immense space of ground, so that  tis very possible
we overlooked the finer monuments.   A heavy shower of rain drove
us into a Chapel, which ending we came to a rising ground over
lot looking, an affording a finer view of Paris.     Here was a
large space devoted to monuments of the humbler class.  Cheap
wooden crosses daubed with black and white, some planted all awry, 
little flower plots as over the graves of children, glass cases, plaster
casts, wreaths of immorteles,   sometimes all tumbled together in
ruinous decay.    Narrow paths intersected the place, and beside one
of the tombs, (a very humble one,) a working man knelt, praying.
The sun shore out again, and the hum and stir of Paris in the
back ground was very suggestive.          Father on were some
pompously hideous monuments, one a pyramidically-circular tower
excessively so.     Everything horticultural was weedy and unten-
ded.          If what we saw be a fair sample Pere la Chaise
does not equal the English Cemeteries, much less those of Ame-
rica.        Returning, and dodging the rain in wine shops now and
then, we got back to dinner and the Cour du Commerce.
In the evening, some seven strong, to Franconi s Amphitheatre,
where were feats of daring, dancing and horsemanship, a pretty
and skilful equestrienne named Madame Leopoldine, and the
very best English clown I ever saw.     A boxing match in dumb
show, in which he engaged with a French clown was immensely
good.       Finally we all got very well wetted in our return.
  19.  Tuesday.    The three to the Palais des Thermes,
or rather Hotel de Cluny.     Tis an old building with Roman
foundations, now public property, and possessing rare curiosities.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page ninety-eight
Description:Describes a visit to Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
Date:1855-06-18
Subject:Cemeteries; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leopoldine, Madame; 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.