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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 191, December 26, 1859

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Identifier: DX03168269

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 191, December 26, 1859

Description: Describes the Edwards family's Christmas party.



26. Monday. To tailor's for pantaloons. Then with [Bob] Gun and Billington for a walk to the Central Park, the latter taking the skates of the former. A mild day, a great crowd, an amusing sight, innumerable skaters though rather slushy ice. Return to dinner by 3 1/2. At 7, with [James] Morris to Edwards'. All the folks assembled upstairs: first the family, then of persons I know, Jim Parton, "Fanny [Fern]," her daughters [Grace and Ellen Eldredge], Mrs [Sophy] Thomson (Mort's mother) Clifford [Thomson], (her son) the Russells, Bonestalls, Willistons, Mrs Honeywell (Charley's mother — lives in the house — a dressmakers — thinks the world of her son) Nichols, George Edwards, wife and children, pretty Miss [Josie] Brown (friend of Eliza [Edwards]) the Pillows and others whom I don't identify very clearly. The performers were of course for the present invisible, behind the closed folding doors of the front parlor. Heaps of presents covered the table, pushed away to the further end of the apartment, prominent among which was the punchbowl, the gift of the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards], Jack [Edwards], [Jesse] Haney and perhaps [James] Parton to Mr [George] and Mrs [Sarah] Edwards. The side shelf-counter too was littered with them. [Thomas] Nast had anticipated me in presenting Papa Edwards with the "Tale of Two Cities" but mine was the better edition. (I only brought that and a Rosa Bonheur "Horse Fair: engraving for Mrs E.) Interchanged cordial greeting

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-12-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Christmas
Central Park (New York, N.Y.)


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