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at 1 o clock with Ned and Charley, to get passport for France
at the place near London Bridge.       Thence, I off, alone, or
rather with Price to George Clarke s.  Boutcher not in.  Stayed
awhile, returning home by 5, thoroughly tired.
  12.  Tuesday.   All three off at early morning from the London
Bridge Railroad Station for Paris, via New Haven and Dieppe.
A sunny breezy June day, promising heat towards noontide.    The
country aspect is nowise picturesque, until some approach towards it
is made by the chalk cliffs and green surmounted hills around Lewes,
adjacent to which town we saw a straggling body of Russian prisoners,
abroad for an airing.     Arriving at that intensely uninteresting place
Newhaven, (where poor old Louis Phillippe landed after February
1848,) we find a tavern or so, a Railroad station, a shabby
looking steamboat lying in a greenish harbor or river, and an hour
and a half s delay awaiting us.     This passed, with the assistance of
a glass of brandy, we embark and are off into the Channel.   It
is breezy and cold, the Sun is hidden by clouds, and our shawls
are useful.     Below in the fire cabin, (we are among the 1 [pound] pas-
sengers,)  I achieve dozes one and two, each being ended by the
precipitation of myself and bench to the floor.   Thought D  m !  
changed place, got a good sleep, and rid of a headache which had ac-
companied me from London.    Ate sandwiches.  People began to be
sick, so went on deck for a spare, but the Channel aspect being
no wise interesting, and the wind blowing strongly, descended to another
doze.     Charley not at all happy, and looking like it, Ned pretty
well.     On deck again, and by six saw Dieppe town and light
house, and the cliffs of France stretching away to the right.     A
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page eighty-one
Description:Describes his journey by boat to France.
Subject:Boutcher, William; Clarke, George; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Price, Harry; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Paris, France; London, [England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.