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And because dame Nature orter
To have given her a daughter,
Edwards Welles, they ve gone and ta en,
And given him the name of Jane;x
  Yet Edward s been to Brooklyn town
And got a Mary of his own,
And dared the lovely girl to dub
 Brooklyn Literary Club!  
 Club!     tis well   the word of God
Commandeth Ned to kiss the rod!

And now we come to one
One Thomas Butler Gunn,
If his sire believed be
From Hudibras desended he. 
But I fear its imposition
No brass is in his composition.
Yet miracles does Mr Gunn work,
Every day before he s done work,
Out of the world, whosoever s hurled
Tom passes him back into the World
  x One of Mort Thomson s bestowing, after his
Grand-Sultanic way.
    Some Doestickian scandal about Welles.
    So mine uncle Fielder believed, and so (of
course) I m not unwilling to credit.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and twenty-five
Description:Poem of James Parton's composition read at the Edwards family's 1860 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York world.; Parton, James; Poetry; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):[745 Broadway]
Scan Date:2010-05-04


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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.