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Was robbing my thoughts in his azure hue,
       Making me discontented.
And so as a means that foe to appal,
On a spat on the mantel my eyes I let fall
Where a black oval frame* hangs down by the
It worked like a charm dissolving my thrall
And served as a spell my thoughts to recall
       From troubles purely invented
For the wide-world over, all others above
Some dozen or so are the faces I love;
A shade on whose brows, a light in whose eyes,
An arch of whose lips, whate er it implies,
Whether smiles it betoken or anger it prove
This foolish old heart is as potent to move
       As a touch the sea-amemone.


  * Containing a daguerreotype of the present Ed-
wards  family, I mean those by the living Mrs
E.  with the heads of it.    Excellent portraits most
of them.    When the picture came home, a year
or more ago (it was a surprise birthday present to which
I was privy)  Haney testified a good deal of natural
gratification and was savage at Mrs Potter s cack-
ling inquisitiveness as to  Which was the one.   She
pitched, I m pretty sure, on Matty, as the prettiest,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and one
Description:Jesse Haney's Christmas poem, which was read at the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Poetry; Potter, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.