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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 54, April 19-22, 1855

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Identifier: DX03849221

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 54, April 19-22, 1855

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


a pebble I should have shared St Stephen’s fate. At the upper windows there were men and pretty, gaily dressed women. Chimes played, policemen trotted up and down, and kept the road clear. Backing against a shop, we waited over an hour, and presently the civic visitors passed. A troop of Guards, band playing the inevitable ‘Partant pour la Syrie,’ a close carriage, windows shut, and Louis Napoleon and wife [Eugene de Montijo] within. I think he dreads assassination. Sam [Gunn] wanted to go off elsewhere, but Minnie [Gunn] was tired and I bored, so we left him, and per omnibus to their house. After a steak dinner which was got somewhat latish, we plotted going off to the theatre, but Sam came in by 5, and was sulky with Minnie, so that balked it. I stayed, Charley [Gunn] came and by 8 1/2 we returned home together.

20. Friday. To Paternoster Row with intent to meet Charley, in the evening, but missed him; so to Barmaids Inn. Jack Boutcher in his tavern parlor, in company with his African friend, long clay pipes and gin-and-water. No recent news of his brother [William Boutcher]. Returning, found George Clarke at home. He stayed supper with us. My sisters [Naomi and Rosa Gunn] out at a ball.

21. Saturday. Walk in afternoon, met Charley & returned With him. Saw L.N. [Louis Napoleon] and Empress pass on their way to rail.

22. Sunday. London Bridge stroll in morning. With Charley Camberwell way, and towards Sydenham in the evening. Spring buds and blossoms on trees and hedge rows, — ‘growth seed and bloweth mead, and springeth the wood new’ — the night cold and clear, and the moonlight glancing on the roof of the palace of glass. Called in at Sam’s subsequently. Heath, his wife, also the blooming ‘Tilly [Jenkins]’ there, having on Thursday come

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-04-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
London Bridge (London, England)


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