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David W. Bartlett
(16 Apr 1828 - 25 Jun 1912)

American traveller and writer whose books include What I saw in London, Life of Lady Jane Grey, Paris with Pen and Pencil, and Pen-Portraits of Modern Agitators. For twenty years he was the Washington correspondent of the New York Independent, Springfield Republican, and New York Evening Post.

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It is a strange feeling which comes over one as he stands in the centre of the tunnel, and knows that a mighty river is rolling on over his head, and that great ships with their thousands of tons burthen, sail over him. ... There is no single work of Art in London (with the exception of St. Paul's Cathedral) which excites so much curiosity and admiration among foreigners as the Tunnel. Great buildings are common to all parts of Europe, but the world has not such another Tunnel as this. There is something grand in the idea of walking under a broad river—making a pathway dry and secure beneath ships and navies!
[About visiting Brunel's Thames Tunnel, the first in the world under a navigable waterway.]
— David W. Bartlett
What I Saw in London: or, Men and Things in the Great Metropolis (1853), 168-169.
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