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	   Haney s Christmas	
 Twas late last night as I sat in my chair
Up in the lonely bachelor lair,
Toasting my toes and scenting the air
       With a meerschaum s soft perfume;
Though cosy at times that smoky old den,
That fraction of home for the singlest of men,
I fancied an air it had, just then,
       Of dull discomfort and gloom.
The curtains hung down in dingy strings,
Rank pipes lay around and shabby things
Which the dainty poet never sings,
Nor, save when forced by the rhyme e er
     Into his polished verses.
The walls were cracked and the prints hung
Loose papers around were a pain to the eye,
In the dust so thick any housewife would try
With the tip of her finger to write on the sly
 Rebuke to the sloven,  or over it fly
       Out into long discourses.
I was testy in fact and moody I knew,
And felt that an imp as big and as blue
As Hypo e er mounted or sick fancy drew
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred
Description:Jesse Haney's Christmas poem, which was read at the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Poetry
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.