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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 51, April 13-16, 1855

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Identifier: DX03846590

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 51, April 13-16, 1855

Description: Describes attending a procession for Louis Napoleon in London.


13. Friday. Writing to Alf Waud, and to Mary Anne [Greatbatch]. A dull, rainy day. Sam [Gunn] looked in for five minutes, at the close of it.

14. Saturday.

15. Sunday. Walk to London Bridge in the morning; and out with Charley [Gunn] in the evening. Calling at [Matthew] Whitelaw’s recent abode, was informed that he’d left it, gone in the country, they did’nt know where. Unsuccessful calls at Corbett’s, Saunder’s, and Jack Boutcher’s, thence homewards.

16. Monday. To Westminster. The day a sunny, warm, exhilarating one, certain flags being displayed here and there, and a Greenwich-fair-like stream of squalid people setting eastwards, in honor of the expected arrival of Louis Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, and his Empress [Eugenie de Montijo]. Returning, preparations were increasing, benches out in front of taverns, seats being contrived for the elevation of lookers on, dingy men and dingier women squatting in available places. All the afternoon did this continue. Mrs Mason and her daughter arrived, Sam [Gunn], Minnie [Gunn] and Mrs Heath, also the sister of Lucy, (our pretty little waiting maid,) and the farmers “young man.” In the little garden of the next house (now empty, and owned by my father [Samuel Gunn, Sr.];) an extensive settlement of babies, nurses, holiday mechanics &c was made, an occasional pewter pot gleamed, and bong clay pipes were visible. The crowd along the road was an extensive one, all the opposite shop fronts, balconies and out buildings had occupants. To the left our neighbours had fitted up seats behind their wall, and these, together with the stable tops were filled by visitors or servants. My sisters [Naomi and Rosa Gunn], mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] &c occupied our balcony. The day was very fine, unusually warm for the month. Peripatetic bounds were in operation, & ‘Partant Pour le Syrie’ was done to death. To one of these I contributed

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-04-13

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
London Bridge (London, England)


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