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 Twas ere we had Welles, with song, dance
	or poem;
 Twas ere we had Morris, with music or 
	proem;
Long ago ere we d a poet, an actor, a wag or a
Serrell who d bridge for us a rolling Niagara.
Ere Knudsen the thoughtful, good-humored and
	quaint,
Showed his taste for discussion, his genius for
	paint.
 Twas ere that young artist of high and rare
	promise
Whose surname is Nast and prenomen Thomas,
Had come with his pencil to fill up the spaces
On the walls of this room with three charming
	faces.
	                        
   Welles (the second time I ve spelt his name
right) dances very funnily, got up in ballet cos-
tume; sings only in an extraordinary falsetto, ac-
companying himself on the piano.
   Plays on the piano in a manner rather delightful
to himself than others.  Effect mournful, productive
of despondency.            Serrell engineered a bridge over
the Niagara river.               Bearded, amiable, self-
complacent.          The three girls, as afore chro-
nicled.  Nast succeeded best on Sally, worst on Eliza.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and three
Description:Jesse Haney's Christmas poem, which was read at the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Nast, Thomas; Poetry; Serrell, Edward W.; Welles, Edward
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.