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Get into a scrape, my boys!  and need a friend,
You ll find him true and staunch, you may de-
And, girls! if I should really give you Haney,
If I should cut him up among so many,
Each part, I m sure, a partner, it would prove,
Good as girls get in the common lottery of love.
But, ladies! no! we must not cut him up!
And e er again on Christmas night we sup,
May one of you his faithful heart requite,x
And send to all of us a nice gilt-edged invite.
  So much, my friends, for last year s lively
  Whose tip-top  notice  of myself I thus reward;
  And if he hadn t given me nary puff
  The above, no more I d think than quantum
Hail! master of the feast! him next I sing!
Head of this noble house , great George, our king!
  x Rather an open bit of special pleading, I think,
under the circumstances; I wonder whether Sally s
cheek flushed at it.            They were all so merry
though that  it passed! 
    Which he isn t, except nominally, Mrs E.
being really the head of the family . . .
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and seventeen
Description:Poem of James Parton's composition read at the Edwards family's 1860 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, George; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Poetry
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):[745 Broadway]
Scan Date:2010-05-04


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.