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Ere he d burlesqued our phizzes or pictured
	our travels,
Ere he d sang like Amodio or rivaled the
	Ravels;
Ere Fanny had taken among us her place
Ere Nellie we d seen or we d e er had a Grace;
Ere with Williston s help we d corrected our time ,
Ere his kind-hearted partner taught him in their
	prime.
Young men the fair maidens should choose whom
	they d marry, 
And how they would rue it if single they d tarry
Ere Miss Bonestel we knew, Miss Behm or
	Miss Brown, 
Three B s we may call them   nay ladies,
	don t frown;
                                  
  x Nast illustrated Welles  poem about our fourth
of July pic-nic.   His singing don t amount to much.
    Lines inserted subsequent to the rest, that she
and party mightn t feel as if invidiously omitted.
    I think he is a clockmaker.
   A topic on which she is generally eloquent, says
Haney.
   A very pretty girl, a school-friend of Eliza s.
As they sat beside each other on the sofa during the
reading this poem, I thought theirs were the most intelli-
	gent girls  faces in the party.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and four
Description:Jesse Haney's Christmas poem, which was read at the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Behm, Miss; Bonestal, Miss; Brown, Josie; Christmas; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas; Poetry; Welles, Edward; Williston; Williston, Mrs.
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.