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And long ere a continents  breadth away
Those dear ones were, whose gifts to-day,
I bring, as if for them to say
	No distance parts
The tie which binds all loving hearts,
	Nor makes your memories dim:
 Twas long ere we knew what we ought to have
	Known,
What three stout volumes  since have shown,
And Fame allots him a niche of his own,
	We d a Plutarch in our Jim;
Ah! brother Jim, do you mind the days
When under the trees we conn d the plays
Of the master poet or pondered the lays
Of the lesser bards, or sounded the praise
Of wise Carlyle, or hoped with the pen
To do some work that should among men
	Make us worthily famous, 
When some dear lips with pride might name us;
                                      
   Biographies of Greeley, Burr and Jackson,
of which last only one, of three intended volumes, has
yet appeared.
   Haney became acquainted with Parton some
twelve years ago, going to a school at Germantown
Philadelphia, where Jim officiated as tutor.   They
have held undiminished friendship, since.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and eight
Description:Jesse Haney's Christmas poem, which was read at the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; 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.