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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 40, December 6, 1851

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Identifier: DX01069296

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 40, December 6, 1851

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


and the thunder of the populace, was borne the words He [Lajos Kossuth] comes. An Hungarian officer rode first, then in an open barouche sate Kossuth.

Then what a whirlwind of sound, what hurro-ing, what waving and uptossing of hats, what fluttering of handkerchiefs from window and house top, what a roar of welcome! And if I didn’t stand up, shout hurra and wave my old sombrero it’s a pity!

What did I see then, — a full calm, thoughtful face lit up with a kind smile, dark mustache and thick beard; a figure space about, of middle height, and plainly though handsomely dressed. He bowed his head, uncovered, in acknowledgement of the crowd, and the barouche moved on.

That’s Louis Kossuth. May God bless him and his cause!

The crowd broke through and closed in behind and I was borne along with it, irresistibly. What a scene did Broadway present then; — hands and voices upraised everywhere. Flurried along in the dense mob awhile, I at last managed to achieve the sidewalk, struggled with some hundred others or so down a side street, and passing into Broad, got to Wall Street. Rested awhile at [John B.] Holmes, (Kossuth having passed on) then towards Fulton, calling in at Cedar for a

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-12-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Armed Forces


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