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Ere of Harry x or Ralph x or Mary  twas
	said,
But of two slender twigs only Katie x and Ned x
	With the Edwards boughs they d mingle:
Ere a springling of grey, old Time among
Our George s locks had quietly fling,
And Jessie to Harriet still timidly cling,
And Georgie and Nellie were rather young,
With guest to be counted or e en to be sung
	In this Christmas rhyming jingle:
Ere Anne had gone to teach the Virginians,
To watch their young morals and mould their
	opinions;
                                  
  x The Nichols  family.
   George Edwards, Mr E s second son by his
first marriage.   His elder brother the first born,
resident in California, married the present Mrs
Edwards  sister, thus, father and son wedding
sisters.    I ve never seen this brother, though his
wife s name and that of her children occurs in
my diarizing of two or three years ago.     Mrs
Edwards as governess in her present husband s
former family.        George and his wife  Harriet s
children.           Miss Anne, the only daughter
from the first family now on this side of the At-
lantic.    Jim Parton was once in love with her and she
refused him.  Now she dislikes him and detests Fanny.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and seven
Description:Jesse Haney's Christmas poem, which was read at the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, George, Jr.; Edwards, George, Jr., Mrs.; Edwards, Georgie; Edwards, Harriet; Edwards, Jessie; Edwards, Nelly; Edwards, Sarah; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nichols, Harry; Nichols, Ned; Nichols, Mary; Nichols, Kate; Nichols, Ralph; Parton, James; Poetry
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.