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He is at you,
If he catch you,
  We ll have music, fun and morals

Next, to our Gunn
Our verses run,
  No critic there is sharper,
For pencil sketch,
For fancy s stretch
  You ll find him out in Harper.

There s my friend Jack,
I ll gladly back;
  Of various things no small potatoes;
   Nough to bewilder  
Singer, builder,
  And pres ti dig i ta teur!

And all admit
That he has wit,
  Sound and hearty, quick and free,
Proof is ample,
For example
  See this evening s Judy spree.

And here is Smith
That he s no myth,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Poem written by Jesse Haney for the Edwards family's 1861 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Poetry; Smith
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.