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Haney s Christmas Rhymes
	for 1861.

How wise the host
Who rules the roast,
  To hint at our displacement
From upper rooms,
Through stairway glooms,
  Down to the genial basement!

If, as they say,
 Tis time ^|true| that they
  Have cars like those ^|who| dizzened em,
Four happier walls
No palace halls
  Are held within all Christendom.

Its prints, its books,
Its pipey nooks,
  Its cable-flagsx, et cetera.
To Fancy s wings,
To memory s swings,
  I m sure no serious fetter are.

But best of all,
Fair, round, and tall

x Appertaining to the date of the celebration of the Atlantic telegraph
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Poem written by Jesse Haney for the Edwards family's 1861 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; 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.