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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 81, June 11-12, 1855

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Identifier: DX03872943

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 81, June 11-12, 1855

Description: Describes his journey by boat to France.

Transcription:

at 1 o'clock with Ned [Gunn] and Charley [Gunn], to get passport for France at the place near London Bridge. Thence, I off, alone, or rather with [Harry] Price to George Clarke's. [William] 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] passengers,) 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 accompanied 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

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-06-11

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Transportation
Passports
Crimean War, 1853-1856
Prisoners of war
Ocean travel
Diaries
Travel

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