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		Christmas at 745.
the latter about her husband, now at Port Royal.
Tea, after more arrivals.     Then up-stairs, to
the present shop and show room, above the old one.
A dance, while the performances are getting ready.
Other arrivals, the two Browns with their pretty
sister, some dancing youths whom I didn t know,
the Russells and Morris.        The curtain
uprose at length and Jack, got up as Hermann
the prestidigitateur, with Mephistopholian eyebrows,
mustache and imperial, went through sundry con-
juring tricks, with considerable success, Haney act-
ing as assistant.      Then followed Punch and Judy,
the puppets being replaced by living persons, the
stage appropriately enlarged.     Nast played Punch,
Jack, Judy, and the rest of the characters, inclu-
ding devil and hangman.   This was but a mode-
rate success, for it frightened the children. Punch s
voice, too, might have been better, though Nast did
the London street hero pretty well.            Then dan-
cing set it steadily till near midnight, when we
descended to the basement, to punch, ice-cream,
cakes, speeches, toasts and Haney s poem.      A
tranquil smoke and drink with paterfamilias,
Haney and the Crocketts, while the juniors were
dancing overhead, until 2 A. M.               I danced
but twice during the party; once with Mrs. George
(as nobody asked her) and once, to make up the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and sixteen
Description:Describes the Edwards family's Christmas party.
Date:1861-12-25
Subject:Brown, Josie; Brown, Mortimer; Children; Christmas; Civil War; Crockett, John; Crockett, Larry; Edwards, George, Jr.; Edwards, George, Jr., Mrs.; Edwards, John; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Nast, Thomas; Poetry
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post,"" boarding house life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.