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Small need has Thomas to increase his pelf,
He keeps a Butler when he keeps himself!
Good luck that has so long to him been creditor
Turn the chief Butler into the World s chief
P. S.  The above was written ere the fiat
	had gone forth,
That Tom should serve his country in the

I fear to tackle Mr Knudsen,
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark s good son;
Whate er I say, he will dispute it,
Or do his utmost to refute it;
Defying yet his opposition,
I ll plant a single proposition:
If I ne er make another pen-mark,
Professor Knudsen honors Denmark.
A truer gentleman does not breathe,
Nor better man the sun beneath.
Back to your hospitable den
Bear that, most argumentative of men!

Here I must pause to make an explanation:
When I began to write this rhymed oration
  x Those outside the secret supposed me in Canada.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and twenty-six
Description:Poem of James Parton's composition read at the Edwards family's 1860 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; New York world.; Parton, James; Poetry
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Denmark; Canada
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.