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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 47, October 1860 [newspaper clipping]

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Identifier: DX01317998

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 47, October 1860 [newspaper clipping]

Description: Article from the New Yorl World by Gunn regarding a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to the United States.



His [Prince of Wales’s] personal Appearance.

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and to W. A. Booth, the port pilot, the conduct of the trip was committed, and no small portion of its successful prosecution is due to them.


Now and then a boatful of guests put off from the shore, and presently nearly the whole of the expected complement had arrived. This was not numerous, but select; and perhaps few New-York assemblages, public or private, have included so many noteworthy, if not distinguished persons. We append a list of their names:

Lieutenant-General Winfield Scott; E. M. Archibald, British consul to this port; W. Muir, British consul to New Orleans; W. B. Astor; Henry Grinnell; Governor Fish; Governor Bradish; Judge Roosevelt; Hon. W. L. Yancey; Sydney Webster; Charles O’Conor; Edwin Crosswell; General J. Lee; R. M. Blatchford; John H. Bronwer; Mr. Buchanan, nephew of the President; James Brooks; John Cochrane; Mr. [John] Cassell, of England, the well-known publisher of illustrated periodical literature; John Hoey of Adam’s express; the aids of Governor Morgan, Colonel E. G. Thompson and Major W. L. Skidmore; Captain Ward, of the North Carolina; Royal Phelps; and the committee of reception, as follows:

The presidents, Peter Cooper, Wilson G. Hunt and Henry Grinnell; the members, twelve in number, Hamilton Fish, the chairman, Luther Bradish, John J. Cisco, Cyrus W. Field, M. B. Field, Robert B. Minturn, Pelatiah Perritt, Charles King, John Jay, Augustus Schell, B. D. Silliman, and George D. Strong.


General Scott’s arrival on board was acknowledged by the military salute due to his rank—the discharge of seventeen guns. These were fired rapidly, but seven seconds intervening between each explosion. The general stood erect and bareheaded, observed by all during this ceremony. He was not in uniform, but his stature, erect carriage, and physiognomy rendered him the most conspicuous, as he was the most distinguished person on board.


At five minutes to 9 o’clock the Harriet Lane left her anchorage, and, with the band playing, steamed down the bay, which then presented its ordinary aspect on a fine, sunny October morning—bright blue sky above, and laughing water below. On board, the guests conversed in groups, sitting or standing. All continued on deck, none but the servants, intent on culinary preparations, going below. In obedience to Captain Faunce’s instructions, an awning was erected, and presently a table sufficient to accommodate about thirty persons, on one side of the after deck. Behind this, temporarily screened by flags of different nations, the employees set out the collation. No incidents of any prominence marked the trip.


A gun from the landing place at Perth Amboy, fired at 20 minutes to 11, welcomed the Harriet Lane’s arrival. Here a large concourse had assembled on the piers, in the railroad depot, and on board the steamboat John Potter, the latter of which was literally black with spectators. All were awaiting the coming lord. At 22 minutes to 12 a telegram announced that he would arrive in five minutes.


Punctually the royal party appeared, and forthwith the brass Dahlgren 24 pounders of the Harriet Lane gave them a royal and a deep-mouthed welcome. To their thunder, the music of the band playing “God save the Queen!” and the equally vociferous and cordial cheers of spectators, Lord Renfrew and suite passed through the depot, and, mounting the gangway, came on board.


His lordship’s personal appearance has already been described in . . . .

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Armed Forces


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