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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 59, December 24-25, 1858

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Identifier: DX03248354

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 59, December 24-25, 1858

Description: Mentions dining with Fanny Fern and delivering Christmas presents to Oliver Dyer's house with Grace Eldredge.

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when he [Alfred Waud], in his characteristic way, growled at the exactingness of Mary [Waud]'s baby [Mary Gertrude Waud]. "You can't reason with the little brute," said he, "and you know the mother's health is suffering from its greediness." In truth we owe many feelings we put down to the credit of nature to cultivation. Women love their babes unspeakably, because the babe's whole life depends on them. To Oxford Street, [Jesse] Haney back to New York, I staying the rest of the day and the night. Dined with Fanny [Fern], the girls [Grace and Ellen Eldredge] going to New York and [James] Parton not yet returned. A smoke and sleep at sunset, in Parton's room; talking with Fanny and the girls at evening, subsequently by 9 or later out to act as convoy to Grace who was bound to [Oliver] Dyer's, for the purpose of leaving Christmas presents for the childrens Santa Clausizing. A cold night, innumerable stars out. "You look just like Santa-Claus!" said Grace. I had Parton's heavy coat on, and was carrying the big toy parcel. Back, and was smoking a midnight cigar in Parton’s room when he returned, almost immediately going to bed. Stayed up another couple of hours, doing a page of writing and more reading, then to bed myself.

25. Saturday. Christmas Day. To New York by noon, the day a beautiful one, down-town very quiet and Christmassy. Stayed in doors till evening, then, as bidden to the Edwards.' More than the usual company assembled, perhaps upwards of forty persons, including,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-12-24

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Babies
Children
Christmas
Diaries
Women
Holidays

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