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I turn to one I know not how to praise,
Her worth exceeds the trifling song I raise:
The Lady of the House! who spread the fair
Who entertains us oft with generous taste;
Whom to commend, her modest soul  twill vex,
Whom to know well is to revere the sex.
To all her household bounteous save one,
Exacting, rigorous   to herself alone:
While unremitting toil her hand engages
Her soul s consorting with the souls of sages,
And he, indeed, must be a sage uncommon
Who holds his own with this dread foe of gam-
Men have existed from whose lives
Some honor all the human race derives;
Achieving all that human nature can
By them we are enabled to believe in man:
From her we learn about heaven intended
When the sleeping Adam s side he (?) rended.
Man s help-meet! companion equal
Creation s lovely summary and sequel.
To give man motive o er the earth to roam
And yet to cheer and constitute his home.
Of woman s foibles, satirists oft have said
Behold their living answer   Mrs Edwards.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and nineteen
Description:Poem of James Parton's composition read at the Edwards family's 1860 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Edwards, Sarah; 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.