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and hope in something,   a promised land of liberty to be got
at through seas of blood.      And Robespierre was, as they named
him  Incorruptible,    honest.     It was, in all probability, a
knowledge of this, which made the people hold fast by him, and ena-
bled him to drag the greater, but venal, Danton to the guillotine.
  The lightless, delicacy and beauty of the decorations of
some of the chambers of Sultan XV are indescribable.  Marie An-
toinette s rooms are plainer.     They show you the door by which
she escaped to her husbands apartments, when the furious  M nads 
burst in, and where the two guards were killed.  The unhappy
Queen s face appears in many portraits and paintings, always the
same handsome, high spirited, sorrowful one,   just the woman
Carlyle describes.     /       Louis the Eighteenth s portraits repre-
sent him a podgy blockhead.       /     The men of the revolution are
here, also, as should be, and I was glad to recognize Camille
Desmoulins.  Petcin has a very mild face.  There is a full length
of Mirabeau, and other heads, also.       Napoleonism has its gal-
leries, rendered illustrious by Vernet s noble pictures, and all his
Marshalls are here.     Louis Phillippe was a patron of art, spite of
his love of money.  Had the Duc d Orleans not been pitched out of
his carriage, who d have been ruler of France, now?            By 3 1/2
we left the Palace, and after a lunch, walked through Versailles
grounds, saw the waterworks, and towards the Trianons.   The
trees of the park are all shorn and clipped in a style I don t like,
Frenchmen treating them as they do poodle-dogs.   Many of the smaller
ones are transformed into vegetable extinguishers, and the like absurdi-
ties.     Through the Grand Trianon we went, in company with others,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and one
Description:Describes a visit to Versailles in France.
Date:1855-06-20
Subject:Danton, Georges Jacques; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Louis Philippe, King of the French; Marie Antoinette, Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France; Robespierre, Maximilien; Travel; Versailles (France)
Coverage (City/State):[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.