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Well, fame you have right honestly won,
And noble tasks right bravely done,
The world denies that need to none
	With skill like yours, and ends;
But a claim you have to a place in my heart
Higher than learning, deeper than art,
Better than wit or grace can impart,
	Thou loyalist of friends! 
 Twas then our Jack whose tenderest grasp
Now brings the tears and makes those gasp, 
	Was Marryat-mad and eleven:
And Sally, now calm and grace and serene,
All the woman in thought and the woman in
Was dreaming at nine of fate at sixteen;
Which Mat, in whose blooming face, I ween
The past s rosy promise fulfilled is seen
	Was a puritan pink of seven
   Haney delivered this with immense enthusiasm
and effect, stretching out his palm towards Jim
and speaking with emphasis.      I wonder whether
Fanny, who has tried her best and worst to kill this
friendship, didn t hate both for the moment.
   One of Jack Edward s habits.
   They called her  the puritan  she was  such a sober
 Sally had a curious fancy that she would die at sixteen.     little thing. 
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and nine
Description:Jesse Haney's Christmas poem, which was read at the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Poetry
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.