Thomas Hughes to Mrs Hughes, Crystal Palace, Paris, 1 May 1878

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The letter refers to having seen Smalleys and his family and a "Yankee" he has visiting called Baynard Taylor "their [United States of America] new minister to Berlin" [probably the poet and writer, who died in Germany in 1878] and White, the head of Cornell [University, USA] who Hughes stayed with in America. Hughes had then walked to the "Opening" [of the Paris exhibition]. Hughes then saw General Van Alan and his son as neither he nor them could get to their seats. He then came across Lord Acton, Lady Granville, Lady C Baring and others who were also unable to get to their seats [Hughes comments that he cannot be blamed for not getting to his if these 'swells" also could not]. Hughes comments that the opening was disorganised.