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Ere Willie was born, ere  Kitten  appeared
And the Pillows were shavers with never a
	beard:
 Twas long ere we d Gunn with his wonderful
	Store
Of hearty old songs and jolly old lore,
With his broad-brimmed hat and his clustering
	Curls,
His brave Saxon beard and moustache that
	he twirls
The wonder of men and the joke of the girls,
	Who lose ne er a chance to attack it;
He, I know is a hard, old, critical crust,
But the probe of trial I ve downward thrust,
And a heart below I ve found to trust,
As manly, as tender, as [unclear word] and as just
	As ever throbbed under a jacket!
And the Nichols  tree  twas long ere it spread,
In five fair branches to honor its head,
                                 
  The Rogers children.
   Parton s three half-brothers, the result of his
mother s second marriage; not a happy one, as I 
judge, for the pair have separated, are, perhaps,
divorced.   Jim had one brother, to whom he was
much attached, who died about the age of twenty.
   Our Nyack entertainer, last Fourth of July.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and six
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; Rogers, Kitty; Rogers, Willy
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.