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If any fault is found in this tall lad,
Excuse enough in Scotia s bard is had,
Who says, expressly, in a well-known verse,
In words I ve heard his (?) father oft rehearse,
That nature tried  pon Jack who fills our glasses
Her  prentice hand, then made these lasses O!
With poet Burns, a bible leaf accords,
Which first John Darling Edwardsx name records.
Yet oft, I wish, when this braw lad I see
The dame had tried her  prentice hand on me!
Who is there here will not the assertion back?
No better fellow anywhere than Jack !
On one point, though, there are some two or
Who don t at all with this same John agree,
Upon a sister s lips when  eer he s kissed her
He something finds that stings him like a blister. 
When some other fellow s sister he is kissin 
He ll learn what other fellows think of kissin .
May Jack to architecture rise from jobbing,
Be more than Wren   Sir John Cock Robin!
  x Jack s whole name.
    True O Jim!
    Sic in M. S. though I don t see the allusion,
except it be that Jack doesn t like to be kissed by his sisters.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and twenty-two
Description:Poem of James Parton's composition read at the Edwards family's 1860 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; 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


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.