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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 194, December 26, 1859

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Identifier: DX03170657

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 194, December 26, 1859

Description: Describes the Edwards family's Christmas party.



sure she [Ellen Eldredge] felt all her mother [Fanny Fern]'s bad blood rising, in her wish to imply silent enmity to the family who cannot but detest the woman, and who, when she forces her undesired company upon them, knew pretty surely that it is only because she can't keep Jim [Parton] away and prefers accompanying him out of a morbid curiosity rather than let him come alone. The woman invariably imposes more or less hypocrisy on those who are brought into contact with her; we have all been put into false relations with her. (I'm all Right now thanks to Ledger article and catch me swindling my own sail into belief in her again.) Well Ella did a characteristic thing, dodged my hand in the dance with a dexterity worthy of her mother. Luckily I hadn't offered it, standing as if not attentive. More dances. Down stairs to supper. Sat beside Miss Ann [Edwards] and Mrs George [Edwards]. "Our host and hostess" drunk with a hip! hip! hurrah! [Jesse] Haneys poem; an immense success, the healths of the persons alluded to being drunk in order, as they appeared, with three cheers each, sometimes more. (Fanny's obtained none, indeed the verse was introduced at the last moment, lumping her and party together; a mere compliment of Haney's designed to prevent them remarking what might have looked like a marked omission.) Jim's name got a noble welcome. At the poem's conclusion,

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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