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The blood of poor Mary of Scotland clings to it.  The whole career of that unhappy
queen, from the time of her setting foot on that inhospitable land, to the hall in Fother-
ingay castle was a series of unmitigated brutalities.   Will not some novelist
revenge us on John Knox, that  ruffian of the Reformation ? (Brave old Johnson
for that epithet!)   Scott might have done it & should.   The wife-killing Earl of
Leicester counselled poison, for Mary & Elizabeth desired it also; pity is it that
that villain has  scaped, & poor Tony Foster been gibbeted for him.  The echo of  the
three strokes  that severed the fair neck of poor Mary Stuart out-sound aught else in
Elizabeth s reign.   /                         I knew not till now that the vulgar Scotch
pedant James the ^|First| deserves place in the same circle in the Inferno with 
Dante s
preceptor Brunetto Latini.   His answer to Raleigh s wife, when supplicating for
that noble life, is revoltingly characteristic.   I maun hae the land, to gie to Kerr! 
The Wretch Kerr!   /        There are few things in history, of which Englishman may
be prouder, than the contrast shewn in the death of Charles Stuart & that of Louis
the 18th[16th].   Solemnly & justly was Charles tried, solemnly was he done to death;  
the  martyr  of deposition.   Poor Louis was butchered by a rabble of half mad hell-
hounds.       /            There have been but two kings of the English People. Saxon
Alfred   (what a solemn love the word carries with it!) & Cromwell.  Him
you respect, for that he was an earnest Lion-hearted Englishman, ruled his country
well & made it feared & honored.       Shakspere made Henry V, so he s not admissable
  /   I m sorry Shakspere had a hand in writing Henry 8.  Say what we will it is 
an apology for that incarnation of self will and tyranny.  How England feared that
monster?  What a false glitter and halo was their about right divine then? Not a
man found in broad England to take a knife and for the honor of outraged humanity
do that justifiable tyrannicide.   /    Napoleon found France a nation of enfranchised
slaves, and left them a nation of soldiers.  He deserved assassination the hour he
commenced intrigue for Royalty, and ten thousand times afterwards.  He was a 
cold-blooded, callous hearted despot;   his military skill simply that of overpowering
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and twenty-five
Description:Comments on past European rulers, from Elizabeth I of England to Napoleon Bonaparte of France.
Date:1851-06-27
Subject:Alfred, King of England; Charles I, King of England; Cromwell, Oliver; Elizabeth I, Queen of England; Foster, Tony; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Henry VIII, King of England; History; James I, King of England; Knox, John; Latini, Brunetto; Leicester, Robert Dudley, Earl of; Louis XVI, King of France; Mary, Queen of Scots; Mobs; Napoleon I, Emperor of the French; Raleigh, Walter; Scott, Walter, Sir; Shakespeare, William;
Coverage (City/State):England; France
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):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.