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What next? to whom now your poet turn?
The rhyme decides  tmust be the Lady Fernx:
Men shouldn t praise the partner of their lives,
 Tis said, and at a party, scarcely know their
This lady, though I had the luck to win her 
All the world some property claims in her.
I don t complain! though all the world s she be,
The exchange is fair   she s all the world to me!
Respecting this famed authoress, my mate,
I merely wish to night some facts to state,
Her stockings do not show a tinge of blue,
And as to mine, they re all attended to;
Punctually, she has the mutton on,
Religiously, she sews shirt-buttons on
   Mrs Jim did not permit the light of her counte-
nance to dazzle our optics on this occasion, nor did
any of that brilliant circle honor us, but Jim him
self and Mr Welles.  Our distress at this cutting
slight was keen, as you may imagine, but with
almost supernatural self-control we managed to 
swallow our agitated feelings and received our
guests with astonishing equanimity considering. 
  (Extract from Sally s letter to me, dated Dec 29
and received in Charleston, January 3 or 4.)
  Poor Jim! like catching a Tartar from Tartarus.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and twenty-three
Description:Poem of James Parton's composition read at the Edwards family's 1860 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Poetry; Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Charleston, [South Carolina]
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.