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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 193, December 26, 1859

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Identifier: DX03169861

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 193, December 26, 1859

Description: Describes the Edwards family's Christmas party.



Rowelish, [Jesse] Haney made (and played) a capital Bluebeard and [Edward] Wells was exceedingly ludicrous in Fatima. During the toilet scene, Mrs [Sarah] Edwards kept exclaiming "How does he know it?" and everybody was immensely interested. I sat on the side shelf, adjacent to the row formed by Mrs Edwards, Mrs T [Sophy Thomson] and the others. The burlesque song and dance by Wells, the ditto aria by [Thomas] Nast followed, successful, but hardly loud enough. Then Haney and [Edward] Hayes did the farce of Box and Cox, Jack [Edwards] playing Mrs Bouncer. Hayes was the feature of this; did Cox splendidly. He's up in the part; has played it well often before. Applause and hand-clapping to everything. Dancing next, Virginia Reel, easiest and liveliest of dances. As it involves a figure in which one has to touch every feminine hand in company, I anticipating Fanny [Fern] and Co might stand up, had thought of not joining, but the impression why should I deny myself pleasure because of her undesired presence suddenly induced me to take my place with Eliza [Edwards] as partner. Neither Fan nor Grace [Eldredge] danced. I suppose Clif Thomson would take care the latter had a chance, whether she had orders from the enemy to sit still I don’t know. "Ella [Eldredge]" danced with honest Jack, looking particularly nosey and contemptuous of the better people among whom she moved. I am pretty

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


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