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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 208, December 1859

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Identifier: DX03177030

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 208, December 1859

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



And long ere a continents’ breadth away

Those dear ones were, whose gifts to-day,

I bring, as if for them to say

No distance parts

The tie which binds all loving hearts,

Nor makes your memories dim:

‘Twas long ere we knew what we ought to have Known,

What three stout volumes + since have shown,

And Fame allots him a niche of his own,

We’d a Plutarch in our Jim [Parton];

Ah! brother Jim, do you mind the days

When under the trees we conn’d the plays

Of the master poet or pondered the lays

Of the lesser bards, or sounded the praise

Of wise [Thomas] Carlyle, or hoped with the pen

To do some work that should among men

Make us worthily famous, †

When some dear lips with pride might name us;


+ Biographies of [Horace] Greeley, [Aaron] Burr and [Andrew] Jackson, of which last only one, of three intended volumes, has yet appeared.

† [Jesse] Haney became acquainted with Parton some twelve years ago, going to a school at Germantown Philadelphia, where Jim officiated as tutor. They have held undiminished friendship, since.

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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