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	The British Nobility according to Edge!
a good deal of the paternal money, in London, New
York and Paris, I opine that Edge senior must be
a wealthy man.   Whether derived from his peculiar point of
observation in early years, or originating in his pre-
sent American proclivities, Edge certainly entertains
extraordinary, not to say outrageous convictions of the
depravity and corruption of the nobility of his native
land.       He tells stories how, when a boy, smuggled
in by an uncle, a tradesman, he witnessed the lat-
ter portion of a ball at the Duchess of Sutherland s;
how, when the Queen had departed, the noble guests
fell to worse than romping; how a Countess or
Dutchess was chased into a corner by half a dozen
sprigs of nobility, who thrust their hands down and
up her dress; how the beautiful Lady Clementina
Villiers kissed half a dozen of them; how the said
beauty, though acknowledged as the handsomest wo-
man of the court of Victoria, never got married, be-
cause she was  every man s wife ; how her name
was mentioned at the Clubs in connection with this
and that man; how the young Prince of Wales was
caught in flagrante delicto with one of his sister s
bridesmaids on the occasion of the Princess s mar-
riage (!) how members of parliament jestingly
justify the commission of unnatural offences  
and much more.        Lies.  I think I have recorded
Edge s antecedents heretofore; how he lived in
Paris, visiting the theatres as one of the claque;
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page nineteen
Description:Describes Frederick Edge's stories about the British nobility.
Date:1862-03-07
Subject:Balls (Parties); Child-Villiers, Clementina, Lady; Edge; Edge, Frederick; Edward VII, King of Great Britain; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Victoria, Princess; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; London, [England]; Paris, [France]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" in Virginia while traveling with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign; the Siege of Yorktown; the Battle of Williamsburg; his departure from Alexandria on the steamer Kent; the ruins of Hampton, Virginia, after it was burnt by John B. Magruder; touring the gunboat Monitor; the death of Fitz James O'Brien from a gunshot wound; Jim Parton's temporary separation from Fanny Fern; and seeing Robert E. Lee's house in Virginia.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Marriage; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slavery; Slaves; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Washington, District of Columbia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.