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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 98, June 18-19, 1855

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Identifier: DX03893209

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 98, June 18-19, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.


tombs and an immense space of ground, so that ‘tis very possible we overlooked the finer monuments. A heavy shower of rain drove us into a Chapel, which ending we came to a rising ground over lot looking, and affording a finer view of Paris. Here was a large space devoted to monuments of the humbler class. Cheap wooden crosses daubed with black and white, some planted all awry, little flower plots as over the graves of children, glass cases, plaster casts, wreaths of immorteles, — sometimes all tumbled together in ruinous decay. Narrow paths intersected the place, and beside one of the tombs, (a very humble one,) a working man knelt, praying. The sun shore out again, and the hum and stir of Paris in the back ground was very suggestive. Father on were some pompously hideous monuments, one a pyramidically-circular tower excessively so. Everything horticultural was weedy and untended. If what we saw be a fair sample Pere la Chaise does not equal the English Cemeteries, much less those of America. Returning, and dodging the rain in wine shops now and then, we got back to dinner and the Cour du Commerce. In the evening, some seven strong, to Franconi’s Amphitheatre, where were feats of daring, dancing and horsemanship, a pretty and skilful equestrienne named Madame Leopoldine, and the very best English clown I ever saw. A boxing match in dumb show, in which he engaged with a French clown was immensely good. Finally we all got very well wetted in our return.

19. Tuesday. The three to the Palais des Thermes, or rather Hotel de Cluny. Tis an old building with Roman foundations, now public property, and possessing rare curiosities.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Clowns


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