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May pleasant visions only haunt their couches,
Nightmares avaunt from off their well-filled pou-
	ches!
May not a youngster have the over-fed ache,
May not an elder get up with a headache!
In California now, the tardy sun
Has just gone down, the revels just begun.
Across the continent the wish we waft,
(Would that George could have it telegraphed!)
That those we love may be as happy, quite
As we have been and are this Christmas
	night!
   We have a friend this year with glorious
	Garibaldi,
Of theatre des Edwards the capital Grimaldi,
Not least in our esteem though mentioned last,
Health and a safe return to artist-hero Nast!

		       /
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and thirty
Description:Poem of James Parton's composition read at the Edwards family's 1860 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Garibaldi, Giuseppe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nast, Thomas; Parton, James; Poetry
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; California
Coverage (Street):[745 Broadway]
Scan Date:2010-05-04

 

Volume
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.