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Friends! brothers! sons!
Leal-hearted ones!
  That rally round our standard;
Long be your days,
And green your e bays;
  Of freedom you re the vanguard.

(Now dreary  uns!)
  Absent   and great s the pity!
Wish them merry
Christmas, very;
  Tribe and chief whose joy is Chitty.

Worst of all,
Could us befall,
  (And here s a joke that tickles.)
We re out a five pencex
By absence hence
  Of the five expected Nichols!

Direction changing,
Vision ranging;
  (Perhaps the verse is  jerky?)
x A  Nickel  is assumed to be colloquial for a cent or
penny   hence the  goak.       Rather!
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Poem written by Jesse Haney for the Edwards family's 1861 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nichols, Edward; Nichols, Harry; Nichols, Kate; Nichols, Ned; Nichols, Ralph; Poetry; Parton, Mary (Rogers); Rogers, William
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.