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and the thunder of the populace, was borne the words
He comes.     An Hungarian officer rode first, then in
an open barouche sate Kossuth.
   Then what a whirlwind of sound, what hurro-ing,
what waving and uptossing of hats, what fluttering of
handkerchiefs from window and house top, what a roar
of welcome!     And if I didn t stand up, shout
hurra and wave my old sombrero it s a pity!
   What did I see then,   a full calm, thoughtful
face lit up with a kind smile,  dark mustache and 
thick beard; a figure ^|space| about, of middle height, and
plainly though handsomely dressed.   He bowed his head,
uncovered, in acknowledgement of the crowd, and the
barouche moved on.
   That s Louis Kossuth. May God bless him and
his cause!
   The crowd broke through and closed in behind
and I was borne along with it, irresistibly.  What a 
scene did Broadway present then;   hands and voices
upraised everywhere.     Flurried along in the dense mob
awhile, I at last managed to achieve the sidewalk,
struggled with some hundred others or so down a side 
street, and passing into Broad, got to Wall Street.
Rested awhile at Holmes, (Kossuth having passed on)
then towards Fulton, calling in at Cedar for a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three: page forty
Description:Describes the day of Lajos Kossuth's visit to New York.
Date:1851-12-06
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kossuth, Lajos; Parades
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Cedar Street; Fulton Street; Wall Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, boarding house living, theater acquaintances, and Lajos Kossuth's visit to New York.
Subject:Actors; Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; 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.