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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 38, December 6, 1851

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Identifier: DX01068372

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 38, December 6, 1851

Description: Describes the day of Lajos Kossuth's visit to New York.


were of the opinion that [Edwin] Forrest was the Suggestor. The lines were from Coriolanus

“ — A hundred thousand Welcomes

A curse begin at the very root of his heart

That is not glad to see thee!”

At the Park gates triumphant arches were created, decorated with the red, white, and green of Hungary’s national colors, and boughs. At the Irving House, portraits of [George] Washington, [the Marquis de] Lafayette, [Lajos] Kossuth and the Sultan. (Well done, not to forget the [word crossed out] Sultan [word crossed out] More flags and inscriptions were there than I can attempt to name, [P.T.] Barnums fluttered all over, [John N.] Genin had a fantastic affair; — Kossuth in an amazingly green coat, attacked by an ape-headed Austrian soldier, and a bear-headed Russian; being defended by a Turk — each several figure in the altitudes of preposterous tad-poles. To the Traveler Office, where I waited till 12, writing some paragraphs for Holbrook the while. To and fro, to Lockingtons and at length, Bharf [William Barth] not appearing, off down towards the Battery, a dense crowd hocking up the side walks, far exceeding aught witnessed on Fourth of July. Arrived at the Bowling Green, road and all presented the appearance of a moving mass, some pressing towards the Battery enclosure, others having found that wedged full of folks; turning backwards. The windows and

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-12-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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