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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 51, October 12, 1860

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Identifier: DX01320051

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 51, October 12, 1860

Description: Describes a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to the United States.



[John] Cassell the Publisher.

[newspaper clipping continued]

countries do on the map of the world, his lordship [Prince of Wales] ate and drank heartily, in which respect he was imitated by the company. A knot of on-lookers gathered at a respectful distance, and he would sometimes turn and good-humoredly survey them, at others eating or conversing with equal animation. The band played during the progress of the meal.


On the royal party rising from the table the remainder of the company seated themselves at it, his lordship mounting the upper deck, where General [Winfield] Scott pointed out to him the different land-marks, calling his especial attention to forts Hamilton, Wood and Columbus. As the Harriet Lane approached them they respectively fired a salute of twenty-one guns in honor of the illustrious visitor.

The scene now became exceedingly striking, brilliant, and picturesque. The Amboy boat, Thomas P. Way, which had followed the Harriet Lane, was crowded with spectators, who, on sight of Lord Renfrew, cheered him immensely, to which he responded by slightly raising his hat, in his invariable manner. The yacht Charlotte, too, held her course on the same track. With the band discoursing national airs, lively quicksteps, and opera tunes, flags flying, cannon booming, people hurrahing, the water leaping and sparkling, the day growing hotter overhead, his lordship approached the city. Fort Hamilton was passed at a quarter to two. The echoes of her saluting volleys had hardly passed away when the United States mail steamer Habana, gayly decorated with flags, conspicuous among which was one containing the Irish harp at the masthead, approached the Harriet Lane her passengers giving three cheers and a tiger, and subsequently fired a gun. Lord Renfrew had ascended to the top of the wheelhouse, in company with Mr. Schell, Judge Roosevelt, the Duke of Newcastle, and one or two others of his suite. He stood surveying the spectacle with some interest, but no great animation, sometimes stooping to listen to the remarks of General Scott, who addressed him from below.

On Governor’s island a company of soldiers and marines were drawn up in front of Castle William, who fired the usual salute. New-York was now in sight, presenting an appearance that will long be remembered by those who were present on that memorable morning.


All the shipping displayed flags, many of them having their rigging profusely decorated with them. Their spars and decks were like the adjoining shores, densely populated by curious and excited spectators. The welcome to [Lajos] Kossuth in 1852, the advent of the Japanese, the reception of the Great Eastern, were paralleled, if not eclipsed by the unanimous ovation accorded by New-York to the youthful heir to the crown of Great Britain. On the Battery the lines of soldiery drawn up in glittering ranks, formed a brilliant foreground, while behind could be seen heads of innumerable spectators. Castle Garden, too, was crowded, its outside gallery being thronged, mostly by ladies. When the Harriet Lane steamed alongside, Lord Renfrew was not recognized by them, though he stood near the wheel-house, at not twenty rods distance. He reached New-York at precisely 2 o’clock, having been just an hour and twenty-three minutes in making the trip.

[Gunn’s diary continued]

12. Friday. Not up till 9, then after bath to the 5th avenue hotel, not after the Prince, who puts up there, but to leave a note and a copy of my P.N.Y.B.H. for Cassell who had promised to get me some London correspondenceship, if the chance lay in his way. He sails tomorrow. Down town per omnibusUp again after a visit to the office [New York World]. Let. . . .

coverage:New York, New York, Cliff Street; Franklin Square; Pearl Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-10-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)
Castle Williams (New York, N.Y.)
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
Armed Forces


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