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when he, in his characteristic way, growled at
the exactingness of Mary s baby.  You can t reason
with the little brute,  said he,  and you know the mot-
her s health is suffering from its greediness.    In truth
we owe many feelings we put down to the credit of nature
to cultivation.   Women love their babes unspeakably, because
the babe s whole life depends on them.          To Oxford
Street, Haney back to New York, I staying the rest of
the day and the night.   Dined with Fanny, the girls
going to New York and Parton not yet returned.
A smoke and sleep at sunset, in Parton s room;
talking with Fanny and the girls at evening, subse-
quently by 9 or later out to act as convoy to Grace
who was bound to Dyer s, for the purpose of leaving 
Christmas presents for the childrens Santa Claus-
izing.   A cold night, innumerable stars out.  You
look just like Santa-Claus!  said Grace.    I had
Parton s heavy coat on, and was carrying the big toy
parcel.           Back, and was smoking a midnight
cigar in Parton s room when he returned, almost
immediately going to bed.   Stayed up another couple
of hours, doing a page of writing and more reading,
then to bed myself.
  25.  Saturday.  Christmas Day.  To New York
by noon, the day a beautiful one, down-town very quiet
and Christmassy.   Stayed in doors till evening, then, as
bidden to the Edwards.    More than the usual company
assembled, perhaps upwards of forty persons, including,
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page fifty-nine
Description:Mentions dining with Fanny Fern and delivering presents to Oliver Dyer's house with Grace Eldredge.
Date:1858-12-24
Subject:Children; Christmas; Dyer, Oliver; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Parton, James; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Brooklyn, New York]
Coverage (Street):Oxford Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):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.