A dozen, I said well, the figures may
Up to a cherished score or so,
But six of the number are held, I know,
In that little elipse of ebony.
Then my pipe went out and my lamp burned
And the current of thought began to flow,
And their faces and forms came trooping
In their earlier bloom and younger glow,
In the semblance and dress of long ago,
When the first began to be dear.
For more than half a score of years,
With their freight of hope and dole of fears,
With joys that soften and care that sears,
Have vanished in smiles or lingered in tears
Since I joined their Christmas cheer.
Twas years before Charlie, that Ottignon
The gymnast and actor* as chance gave to
* Honeywell. He is, or was, a frequenter
of Ottignon s Gymnasium and a member of an
amateur Dramatic society.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and two|
|Description:||Jesse Haney's Christmas poem, which was read at the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.|
|Subject:||Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; Poetry|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|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.|