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with Jim and others.     Mrs Thomson came
up and shook hands, all I had to do with her
the whole evening.   Fanny had got her hair a la
mad-cap, Mercy Peckniffish, all curls, looked
much as usual, rather older.      Grace with her
long fair hair grown luxuriant again and worn
in long curls, looked pretty, except when she laughed,
she has a big mouth.  Ella  long-nosed and con-
temptuous, an obnoxious girl generally. (The only
good thing I know of her is her capacity for draw-
ing, a capacity uncultivated.)    The three sat
in a row, both before and when the chairs were
placed for the audience, Mrs Thomson beside Fan-
ny and Mrs Edwards, civil, hospitable, but not
exceeding it one jot, to the party.    Devil an
inch of recognition of or by me.   I enjoyed myself
throughout the entire proceedings with not a grain
of admission of their presence.        The audience ar-
ranged, Sally took her seat at the piano as or-
chestra, to be superseded during the first act
by a professional, engaged for the occasion.    The
curtain rises and little Ned Nichols in spangled
turban and Turkish dress, advances to Jack s foot-
lights and recites Morris prologue.    Applause.  Then
the play, of the detail of which I shall write no-
thing here, as I ve done it in print for the Cou
rier.       It was an immense success; could not
have gone off better.     Nast was extraordinary
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and ninety-two
Description:Describes the Edwards family's Christmas party.
Date:1859-12-26
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, John; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Nast, Thomas; Nichols, Ned; Parton, James; Theater; Thomson, Sophy
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.