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this Christmas, Fanny and her daughters.   All
the folks in the big shop and store room, in the former
of which a stage had been rigged up, with scenery (painted
by Knudsen the Danish artist, one of the guests), footlamps
&c.   The audience sat in the back room, the big doorway
framing, as it were, the stage.  We had this year, printed
bills of the performances &c, which Haney got up   they in-
cluded everybody, even the audience.   Cahill was especially
lively and prominent.  The farce went off very well, though,
at first, the actors didn t speak up enough, but by dint of
warming up at the applause (my hands became perfectly
sore with clapping) they did it capitally.   Then Cahill in
ballet costume, did a fandango.     Then I was pressed into
service to sing the Ratcatcher s Daughter in character, with
cap over one eye, indian ink round t other, rough coat half
off, thick stick, short pipe and pants turned up to do the
costermanger.  Parton said it was a great success and sub
sequently I did  Villikins    not so much of a one.  Christ-
mas tree, charades, dances, healths, speech making,
 musical honors  and papa Edwards famous punch made
up a jolly evening.     Rogers, Parton s brother in law is
a very hearty, western New York man.    Matty was the
prettiest girl present   such roses blooming in her cheeks.
It was delightful to see Parton.  I believe a more whole-
sailed fellow   in a higher sense than is usually attached
to that hackeneyed word   doesn t exist.  Haney s face
  it struck me   has deepened much of late years   I liked
to look at these two men throughout the evening.    We kept
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page sixty
Description:Describes attending the Edwards family's 1858 Christmas party.
Date:1858-12-25
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Christmas; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Parton, James; Rogers, William; Songs
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.