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Here our Henry the Eighth s sister lived, nuns, Jesuits,
soldiers have held it, and here Marat s  committee of public
safety  sate.     Finally an Antiquary made it what it now is,
and at his demise  twas purchased by the Government of the time
being.     There are pictures, tapestry, armour, swords, arquebus-
ses, matchlocks, race cabinets, carving, and what Rabelais
calls a  Bergomaseo lock,  (which appears curiously adapted to its
purpose.)     An odd sort of monastic-looking garden is in the rear,
below a spacious Roman Chamber, with remains of bathing appara-
tus,   and further on is an entrance to the Catacombs, which un-
dermine this part of Paris.              Again to the Louvre picture
galleries, and principally in the Napoleon room, where are the
relics of the Emperor.     The famous grey riding coat, the purple
imperial robes, breeches, shoes, crowns, camp equipage and bed,
sword and pistols, of the  grande homme  ,   all are here.  One
I could contemplate with pleasure, Napoleon s coat as general
of the French Republic.              I fancy the effect of all these en-
shrined relics on hot blood, and glory loving Frenchmen!  Who
started this?  Perhaps old Louis Phillippe, for he was prone to
play at respecting the great upsetter of kings.   Well, it s in tune
with the present dynasty!     I can only like Napoleon at one
period of his life,   when he was a sous-lieutenant of Artillery,
spare and hungry, studying mathematics,  wanting courtesy  to his
landlady, and walking about the streets of Paris half contemplating
suicide, because he seemed to be of no use to France, and have
little business in the world.      /     David, the painter has not
had justice accorded him, his works are very fine.     There is a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page ninety-nine
Description:Describes visiting a room filled with Napoleon relics at the Louvre in Paris.
Date:1855-06-19
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Louis Philippe, King of the French; Louvre (Paris, France) ; Napoleon I, Emperor of the French; 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.