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  25. Tuesday, (and Christmas Day.)     A dull, dark,
continuously wet one.    Sitting in the basement, writing to Dil-
lon all the morning.   Our dinner at an hour later, (3 o clock)
in honor of the day, so that by the time t was over [word crossed out] the
hour had arrived for my presence at Edwardses, whither I had
been invited, Haney and Parton having been there all day.  Out
o doors, never I think, was there a wretcheder prospect, mud
and slush in the streets, puddles on the pavement, and heavy and
persistent rain everywhere.   In my brief walk I scarcely met
a soul.   A cheery contrast on arriving at the friendly house.   A
great Christmas tree, most festively dizened, and a crowd of
happy looking folks, the tables and side boards laden with gifts.
All the Edward s family, with relatives, perhaps twenty folks
or so.    Talk, tea in the basement, and then Acted Charades.
The audience all assembled in the spacious back work room, (Mrs 
Edwards is a dress-maker,) where the Christmas tree was, the
front room proved an admirable green room for attiring and
preparation, the large sliding door ^|way| framing, as it were the stage, 
screens some eight or ten feet further on, hiding the rear,
four or five sandles with paper shades (a la Theatre,) were 
placed in front.   But first jocularly written programmes of
performance were handed about, the work of Parton and
Haney.    The latter was indeed the Master of the Revels on
the occasion, and  came out  most jovially, doing tricks of
parlor magic, making up for it most capitally, his black eyes
and blacker hair glistening under a monk-like gabardine.
Charade the First, Three of the Mesdemoiselles Edwards and
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and eighty-seven
Description:Describes attending the Edwards family's Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Mapother, Dillon; Parton, James
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.