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York for a year, during the Crystal Palace failure, and is now in
the Parisian one.     The evening is a warm, and lovely one, the
gardens pleasant and, with their white statues, look Sydenhamish.
There is a throng of holiday people everywhere, Zouaves, Chasseurs,
girls, old women, dandies, boys and children.     The Zouaves are
remarkable looking fellows, their costume, I take it, a plagiarism from
Algerine warfare.   A red fez, forehead shaved, hair the same or cut
so close as to be imperceptible, neck bare to the collar bone, loose Al-
banian-like jacket, wide loose breeches and white gaiters, distinguish
these soldiers.     The girls without hat or bonnet are also noticeable,
and I learn that the absurdity of long skirts to women s dresses is 
peculiar to England and America.   Many pretty feet and legs are
visible, and many ugly ones.   We ramble to the Barriers, outside
of which at a sort of guard house, sit a row of mustached, red-trouser-
ed soldiers; see the Telegraph Office &c, the returning look on
at a game at football, by 10 o clock finding ourselves at a Caf 
by the side of the Theatre de l Od on.   T is a very tastefully deco-
rated one, with a little fountain in the middle, the water flowing on green
grass and little statues.   Caf  and petit verres till 11, and then
to the Hotel Brittanique and bed.
  14.  Thursday.  My room is on an upper story, only to be opened
by the key, and were the door to be incautiously shut, with the key on
the inner side of it, there d be no way of entering except by means of
a ladder and the window.     Its floor is paved with red tiles which
in n are never scrubbed, but waxed until they shine again.  There
is a big window, opening as usual, from floor to ceiling, a balcony
at about four inches from the house front, a closed up fireplace, a
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page eighty-seven
Description:Describes a walk around Paris and the people he sees there.
Subject:Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Paris, [France]
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.