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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 195, December 26, 1859

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Identifier: DX03123859

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 195, December 26, 1859

Description: Describes the Edwards family's Christmas party.

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we all drank [Jesse] Haney's health a second time, with six cheers and a tiger. Speeches. Fanny [Fern], Mrs T. [Sophy Thomson] and co disappear up stairs, nor are seen subsequently. Girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards], Ed. Wells, [Charles] Honeywell & the weaklings go up stairs, [James] Parton, Haney, [James] Morris, [Carl] Knudsen (whom I've omitted to mention before) Papa [George] Edwards, George Edwards, [Edward] Hayes, [Ned] Nichols and myself remaining to take a capital cigar. Jim was very happy and talked so. A delicious half-hour. I had to sing

"Back and side go bare, go bare!" to a rousing chorus, when repeated summonses brought us up stairs, entering the room singing

"Here's a health to all good lasses!" Performance of "God save the Queen!" by the whole strength of the company, Eliza and I leading. Subsequently "Hail Columbia!" but the Americans weren't up in the words of their anthem like the Britishers. More dancing, quadrilling, lancing, Virginia reeling, schottischeing. Left, with Morris at about 2 1/2, a mild, dark night, with the wind sharp at corners. Found a party just breaking up at our house, dancing &c. Now God bless all that Edwards family, I pray! I have a sort of fear that this will be the culmination of our Christmas doings, that some sad events may arise before we see another, to prevent the same circle ever

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1859-12-26

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Christmas
Diaries
Songs
Holidays
Parties

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