For twenty years our Christmas punch he s ming-
That same old punch that s just around us ting-
A punch the longest phiz abbreviates,
A cap that cheers but not inebriatesx!
It s been a secret long how Mr Edwards got
The notion of the stuff in yonder gorgeous pot:
He makes the punch just right I d have you
Because his worthy self is mingled so.
Of milk and water men we sometimes hear
And men who ve thought, not think themselves
Now Mr. Edwards, boys! (the rhyme Gaul
Is just his own immortal punch incarnate!
Long may he wave, and never may he waver
From giving to the punch the genuine Edwards
From an old lawyer at the London tavern,
who called for the materials as they say in
Ireland and compounded punch of such ex-
cellent quality, that Mr Edwards asked the re-
ceipt of him.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and eighteen|
|Description:||Poem of James Parton's composition read at the Edwards family's 1860 Christmas party.|
|Subject:||Christmas; Edwards, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; 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.|