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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 97, June 17-18, 1855

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Identifier: DX03892326

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 97, June 17-18, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to the July Column, at the site of the former Bastille, in Paris.


glish, but they make up, and dress capitally, though perhaps of cheap material. At 10 the ball ended, and there was much squeezing of plump figures, and dainty waists, as folks pressed out, which were repelled with occasional slaps on the part of the girls, or complacently submitted to, according to the physique of the offender.

18. Monday. The three of us to the July Column, which occupies the site of the old Bastille, where on that memorable day [Bernard Rene Jourdan] de Launay and Thuriot [Jacques-Alexis Thuriot de la Rosiere] saw "Saint Antoine rising like the sea." The ascent of the column is partially dark, and your first feeling on reaching the summit decidedly a nervous one, as you can plainly feel the oscillation of the bronze pillar. Soldiers, women and workmen en blouse were on top also. Names of the men who fell in the three days are enscribed on the column, a figure of Victory, or Fame as in the act of flying on its summit. To Pere La Chaise, along the streets leading to which we see many makers, and sellers of Immorteles, and funerals of different orders progressing in our direction. The monuments in the Cemetery, are, as far as we saw not very fine, many of 'em looking as Ned [Gunn] said, like ornamental privys. You'll see a sort of stone cell, with trumpery glass cases in it, containing artificial, or real, flowers, a plaster cost of a child praying or so, with a string of immorteles strung like curtain rings, in every state of decomposition. Some will be little rooms, with a crucifix, chairs, and conveniences for praying, — the relatives of the deceased having the key. Many are ruinous, and weeds grow every where, most luxuriantly in Pere la Chaise. The Abelard and Heloise tomb is only interesting from its antiquity — and the story; as an architectural display it is nought. There are innumerable

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: French
Balls (Parties)
French Revolution


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