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How have I puzzled over Mr and Mrs Wil-
Old friends and good! but only rhyme with
If Ritchie were a lad who  travels on his
How nicely I could manage the name of Rus-
Whom every Christmas night we re glad to meet,
Without whom Christmas wouldn t be complete.
Besides all these good friends, before I d done
I was to welcome Mr Eurich and his son;
And many people more with us connected,
Jack said, were more than half-expected.
For them I was to leave some lines in blank,
To full up as we fill up checks in bank.

And now before this rigmarole I close,
A line or two I ll consecrate to those
Whom a whole continent and ocean wide,
From our circle only, not our hearts divide,
Our absent friends! however distant, they
Are near to us and we to them, to-day.
From friends in England, Christmas day
	has fled
The banquet over, they re digesting it in bed;
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Poem of James Parton's composition read at the Edwards family's 1860 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Eurich; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Poetry; Russell, Ritchie; Williston; Williston, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; England
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.