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180.
Master Edwards are discovered seated at a table, attired a la
Indian, engaged in a game of whist, which proceeds with much
gravity, only being diversified with an occasional triumphant yell.
Answer  Indian Rubber.    Some four or five others followed, each
being highly successful.   Blind man s buff and other Christmas
sports followed; among others, a paper bag filled with sweet-meats
being suspended, one among the company was blindfolded, and
suppled with a stick, and [thies?] made three blows at random,
until a chance one burst the bag, and a general scramble took
place for its contents.   The Christmas tree was lit up, and punch,
(of Pasterfamilias concoction, and of excellent quality) went round.
Songs were sung, and toasts given; Parton giving  The English
Army in the Crimea,  and Haney proposing me as  Our Saxon
friend.     They were all kindly people, the girls pleasant-looking
the children happy and frolicksome; Old Edwards the very
bean ideal of the English  father of a family.     Not till 2
o clock did we turn out into the damp, drenching streets.
  26.  Wednesday.   An Hoboken stroll with Sol Eytinge
and W. Waud, or rather with the latter, (for Sol dropping
into Banner s bar-room, remained there till our return.)   The
day was as cold as though the icy wind blew from the very heart
of the frozen north, and the Hudson all ruffled with foamy
waves.    They dashed and brawled among the piers and shipping
with a blusterous, confused roar, suggestive of terrible seas and
ships going down in the Atlantic.                        Letter writing continued.
  27.  Thursday.  Down town, to my room &c.  Another
letter from Mr Greatbatch.  He thinks of  buying out  a grocery
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and eighty-eight
Description:Describes attending the Edwards family's Christmas party.
Date:1855-12-25
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eytinge, Solomon; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.