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If with insects your e classed, for all savants
	agree
That the best of its kind is the feminine bee,
And the masculine writer in shame humbly owns
That male good-for-nothings are all of the drones.
 Twas ere came that group to join in our tussels,
Whom we hope, in both senses, to know as Rich
	Russells,
Ere our new conquest Hays, from  midst buskins
	and socks,
Had come to present us a fine Christmas  Box 
(I m glad he s come back, if in Boston he d
	stayed
  The fogy joke coming has never been made  
For here I assert, or may I be kissed,
If Hays d been in Boston, in New York he d 
	been missed)
Ere one of us Childsx was, ere Ambrose another
Ere Bill was a miner and Mary no mother
                                
   Richard Russell, name of both father and
son, both English, the former very much so.
Cahill used to be  down upon  the latter before
the advent of his (R R s) whiskers, for his conver-
sational rudeness to the girls.            Names of the
girls  husbands in California.          Rogers, Parton s
brother-in-law, resident at Rochester; has been a digger
in California.              Parton s sister, Rogers  wife.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and five
Description:Jesse Haney's Christmas poem, which was read at the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Ambrose; Childs (California); Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes, Edward; Parton, Mary (Rogers); Poetry; Rogers, William; Russell, Richard; Russell, Ritchie
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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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.