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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 53, April 16-19, 1855

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Identifier: DX03848344

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 53, April 16-19, 1855

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


in failure and punishment. The Queen [Victoria], whom respectable Poritons delight to descant upon as a virtuous wife and mother, gives him [Louis Napoleon] the garter, buckles it on his leg, he to whom the brothels of New York, and the slums of London are familiar! What an Historic Tableau — Right Divine decorating Parvenue Unscrupulousness, crime and perjury [William] Shakspere’s ‘tickling Commodity’ standing broker between them!

/ To Sam [Gunn]’s in the evening, where were Heath and his wife.

17. Tuesday. Turning out in the evening, met [William] Waud at the gate. Bit of a walk together, then to George Clarke’s where we stayed till 9, then to our house to supper. (Wilkins had been there.) Will Waud stayed with us the night, sharing my bed.

18. Wednesday. Loafing about in the garden, Will Waud abetting, talking to my sisters [Naomi and Rosa Gunn] &c, subsequently to George Clarke’s. Waud off, I back to dinner. Evening to the ‘Sun’ tavern in Ludgate Hill, there to meet Wilkins and one Cockshaw, a friend of his, with whom we had a bottle of sherry. Preparations for the Emperor’s city visit on the morrow, “breaks” being put up, to check the press of people, as they use to do, at a public execution. Had a letter from Hannah [Bennett] to-day. (Wrote to her yesterday.)

19. Thursday. Met Sam and Minnie [Gunn] in the Walworth Road, bent on going City wards, to see the Emperor. So joined them, and over Waterloo Bridge eastwards, to Temple bar. Windows and housetops crowded, people filling shop fronts, on raised stands, and vehicles. The ugly churches islanding the Strand by Somerset House and farther on had pendant spectators on its rails and lower windows. And a very ill washed shabby, grimy, insulting, jocular humored mob is an English one, nor have its component parts the aptitude for “excitement” a Yankee crowd possesses. Had every bit of blasphemy or ribaldry provoked by my offending beard been

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-04-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Waterloo Bridge (London, England)
Somerset House (London, England)


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