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And Eliza, whose voice the hearer will
Own somewhat contralto, gave shake and
In the high soprano, slightly shrill
	Of the musical age of five;
Her chubby fist, so dimpled and fat,
Was innocent yet of sharp and flat,
And her dear little brains over  tit for tat, 
So puzzled and muddled we all knew that
	Our little  Lumps  would thrive:
And our host and hostess,   well, I find,
(Though they may hint at friendship s blind)
Their faces young,   I m sure as kind
	As, a dozen years ago.
And since that first bright Christmas Day,
In daily work, in household play,
I dare not trust my voice to say
	How much to them I owe.
	x	    x               x                  x
God bless the hearth round which we gather!
God bless the mother and the father!
God bless the daughters and the sons!
And all in whom the dear blood runs!
And send that each, long, long, may be
Of such a circle as, to-night, they see,
  Her juvenile nick-name.   She wasn t bright in arith
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and ten
Description:Jesse Haney's Christmas poem, which was read at the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; 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.