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Three Graces   not the Three, as you may guess,
Our three appear in more expensive dress.
They don t believe, at all, the poet s boast
That  beauty unadorned s adorned the most; 
Nor warning take from Dr Holmes man,
But always dare to look as pretty as they canx
Well! let them! though all the Pecksniff churls
Deride the instinct that bedecks these girls.
To wit; the blooming Sarah, ravager of hearts;
The curled  Martha, gentle queen of tarts,
Eliza, too, who s puzzled oft this bard enough,
Her music to procure that s hard enough.
Lucky the fellows who may have it in them
To find out how, at length, to woo and win
	them
Years yet however may they brightly bloom,
The attractive force of this snug basement room.

Now as to Jack, whom next the muse invokes,
That Jack who pours the punch for thirsty folks,
And don t neglect to take a sip himself,
When he for others dips into the delf:
		            
  x  Since then I never dare to write
	As funny as I can. 
			Holmes  Poem.
  Matty wore her hair in curls, this Christmas, I believe,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and twenty-one
Description:Poem of James Parton's composition read at the Edwards family's 1860 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Poetry
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):[745 Broadway]
Scan Date:2010-05-04

 

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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.