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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 205, December 1859

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Identifier: DX03174639

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 205, December 1859

Description: Jesse Haney's Christmas poem, which was read at the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.



If with insects you’re classed, for all savants agree

That the best of its kind is the feminine bee,

And the masculine writer in shame humbly owns

That male good-for-nothings are all of the drones.

‘Twas ere came that group to join in our tussles,

Whom we hope, in both senses, to know as Rich Russells,+

Ere our new conquest [Edward] Hays, from ‘midst buskins and socks,

Had come to present us a fine Christmas “Box

(I’m glad he’s come back, if in Boston he’d stayed

— The fogy joke coming has never been made —

For here I assert, or may I be kissed,

If Hays’d been in Boston, in New York he’d been missed)

Ere one of us Childs was, ere Ambrose† another

Ere Bill [Rogers]‡ was a miner and Mary [Parton Rogers]§ no mother


+ Richard Russell, name of both father and son, both English, the former very much so. [Frank] Cahill used to be “down upon” the latter before the advent of his (R’R’s) whiskers, for his conversational rudeness to the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards].

† Names of the girls’ husbands in California.

‡ Rogers, Parton’s brother-in-law, resident at Rochester; has been a digger in California.

§ Parton’s sister, Rogers’ wife.

coverage:New York, New York, Cliff Street; Franklin Square; Pearl Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-12

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Haney, Jesse C., 1829-1901

Subjects: Christmas


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