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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 88, June 14, 1855

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Identifier: DX03884391

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 88, June 14, 1855

Description: Describes his hotel room in Paris and French coins.


bed with a tent canopy, and a cupboard to wash in. Opposite my window is a Blanchisseuse establishment, and as I rise, and am dressing I see the women at work. Breakfast is accomplished in the room below, where we find occasion to admire the three and four feet long French loaves, which are sometimes stuck in a corner of the room like sticks or umbrellas. The triumvirate [Thomas, Charles, and Edwin Gunn] out with Marshall; though arcades [unclear word] and courts, past the front of a great palace, which was being newly ornamented, (L. N. initials appearing on it,) to the business place of Livingstone & Wells, the American Bankers &c, there translating our English coin into French. / And, bye the bye, a handfull of French money is sadly suggestive of history. You’ll get a two-franc piece, somewhat worn but with the poor old 'gros tete' of Louis the Sixteenth on it; its reverse will bear the inscription 'Roi de France,' or if of later date, Le Roi, le loi, et le Peuple." Then there’ll be a coarsely executed son, its "year 1 of the French Republic," scarcely discernable. Anon the keen, hungry face of Napoleon as 1st Consul, presently to expand into broader development as Emperor, appears. Louis the Eighteenth’s very stupid, Bourbonic, self satisfied head; Charles the Tenth's smaller but acrid-looking face; Louis Phillippe's "pear-head"; profiles of Liberty drawn, (by the French) entirely from imagination, of the dates of 1848 to 1851; Louis le Petit’s as President, and lastly as Emperor, — you’ll get 'em all, jumbled together.) Upstairs into the reading rooms, where were the Yankee papers, and men reading 'em; and where, after half an hour we were introduced to Doctor Holton, a Vermonter, now studying in Paris, with intent to start a college in Michigan.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Hotels


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