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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 206, December 1859

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Identifier: DX03175436

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 206, December 1859

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



Ere Willie [Rogers]+ was born, ere “Kitten [Kitty Rogers]+” appeared

And the Pillow†s were shavers with never a beard:

‘Twas long ere we’d [Thomas Butler] Gunn with his wonderful Store

Of hearty old songs and jolly old lore,

With his broad-brimmed hat and his clustering Curls,

His brave Saxon beard and moustache that he twirls

The wonder of men and the joke of the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards],

Who lose ne’er a chance to attack it;

He, I know is a hard, old, critical crust,

But the probe of trial I’ve downward thrust,

And a heart below I’ve found to trust,

As manly, as tender, as leal and as just

As ever throbbed under a jacket!

And the Nichols’‡ tree ‘twas long ere it spread,

In five fair branches to honor its head,


+ The Rogers children.

† Parton’s three half-brothers, the result of his mother’s second marriage; not a happy one, as I judge, for the pair have separated, are, perhaps, divorced. Jim had one brother, to whom he was much attached, who died about the age of twenty.

‡ Our Nyack entertainer, last Fourth of July.

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Christmas


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