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  The punch-bowl in the middle;
That pleasing bowl;
To flow of soul
  Is as rosin to the fiddle.

Yet, stout old earth
And fount of mirth
  You see we don t forget you;
You ve had, I trow,
Like us enow
  Hard knocks since last we met you.

And,  storied urn, 
No truth we spurn,
  (But, here, confessed it be must,
The poet s text
Doth place you vext
  The  animated bust. )

Your tipsy vapor
Cuts a caper,
  Curls towards the fields elysian;
It mounts amain,
It seeks my brain,
  And gives me wider vision.
x Presented by general contribution of the family, some years ago
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and thirty-eight
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


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.