Parton s Christmas Rhymes
Last Christmas night we had indeed a poet;
He made his mark! What other bard can toe it?
Had I to choose a poet for you now,
To close this banquet with a jovial row,
Much as I love you, uncle, aunt and cousins,
And you my friends around in several dozens,
You stalwart gentlemen, you ladies dressy
Once and all, by Jove! I d give you Jesse!
O man of many gifts ingenious!
Our own great Jesse! (for we keep a genius;)
Comedian, editor, humorist and wit,
Besides the poet (nascitur non fit);
But would you know the measure of his pate,
Just stand him up and hear him once orate:
Once! do I say? I must amend my rhymes;
Get him up once you ll have him twenty
Like him of Rotterdam who had a leg of cork,
Stop he cannot if his words begin to work.
Down town a business man, a seigneur grave,
Able to shave a note and quick a note to shave.
These are not all his gifts, these but conceal
The nobler traits that trial will reveal.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and sixteen|
|Description:||Poem of James Parton's composition read at the Edwards family's 1860 Christmas party.|
|Subject:||Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Poetry|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|Coverage (Street):||[745 Broadway]|
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen|
|Description:||Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.|
|Subject:||Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel|
|Coverage (City/State):||New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina|
|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 2010 Missouri History Museum.|
|Source:||Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.|