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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 181, December 19-20, 1859

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Identifier: DX03160316

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 181, December 19-20, 1859

Description: Mentions going to a china shop with Jesse Haney, looking for a gift for Mrs. Edwards.

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the honors of Detroit very generously, on my return through that city. The name is the same though I believe I spelt it incorrectly at the time. He [Mr. Campau] was a “prominent citizen,” owning an island used for fishing purposes.

20. Tuesday. In doors all the drenching dreary day, writing. [Jesse] Haney came to supper. Out with him, [James] Morris leaving us at the corner of Broadway. To a china-shop to look at a certain punch-bowl he and the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] design purchasing for a Christmas present to Mrs E. [Sarah Edwards] then to the house. We found [Edward] Wells standing meekly at the basement door, Sally and her father [George Edwards] within. The latter is troubled with gravel and, now, looks sick and much older, I talked awhile with him in the absence of the others. Presently the three girls appeared and went to work on a big quilt, the frame occupying the major portion on the room. They sewed and Wells helped ‘em. It was a pleasant picture to turn out into the damp dreary night & wet streets from, as we did in an hour, leaving Wells, possibly mildly happy at our departure. To 16th St with Haney. He read to me a Christmas poem he designs delivering, introducing the family and guests, a pretty and touching thing, the best in the rhyming way he has done, I think. Then we over a bottle of ale each and a pipe talked till midnight, of course on the inevitable topic. He thinks

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1859-12-19

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Christmas
Gifts
Poetry

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