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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 57, September 29, 1852

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Identifier: DX01205561

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 57, September 29, 1852

Description: Comments on the Duke of Wellington upon learning of his death.


is the carrier’s wont. A notable man [Duke of Wellington] gone, and one whom England will long hold in rememberance [remembrance]. I liked the old Duke inasmuch as there was no cant about him — born and reared an aristocrat, how could he be aught else. His great military services — (surely he was the greatest living Soldier in fairly out-generalling the callous-hearted Corsican despot [Napoleon I],) were the result of his idea of duty to his country. He didn’t rave about “Suns of Australitz” & forty ages sitting on a Pyramid” & such bosh, — to his legions — military brevity & duty & discipline. He was an English gentleman & he overthrew Napoleon! Let his memory be honored for it! What infinite hate & spite must have raged in the tyrant’s heart to dictate in his will, a pension to the scoundrel who attempted Wellington’s assassination. / Down town, to Reveille & Lantern Offices, Bunnell & Prices, gossip with [Cornelius] Mathews & then returned to room and drawing. Did large Reveille cuts. Dined at 2 at “Shades.” Room again, drew rebusses &c, down town, Lockingtons, Randall’s (getting cut from [Edwin A.] Weed given him to do on Saturday, & paying him.) Gave Randall Reveille cut. To Bunnell & Prices, to Well’s & Webbs — got blocks. To [E.H.] Chapin’s, found [Alfred] Waud there, and a black-bearded good humored German. Stayed looking over drawings & an hour, then returned to room.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-09-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Wars
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
Armed Forces


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