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The honored centre, and that years may bring
Still other groups about their knees to cling!
And that in them they find the traces,
The mantling roses, manly graces,
They see before them in some present faces!
And God bless all who, here, to night
Are aids and sharers in its dear delight:
Bless each and all, in health, in home, in
In purse, in store, in craft, in art;
As maids, as wives, as daughters, mothers,
As husbands, fathers, sons or brothers;
As partners loving or as faithful friends,
And, at the last, may heaven send
That when with age and care oppressed,
As when in younger years caressed,
With that same love may they be blessed!
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So ends this tribute to our Christmas time,
So ends this rough unskilled rhyme,
So memory laden in another clime
Has            perhaps a Christmas chime
	To him who played it.
And if, by chance, your memory s caught
A line or so possessing aught
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and eleven
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
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.