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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 60, December 25, 1858

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Identifier: DX03249160

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 60, December 25, 1858

Description: Describes attending the Edwards family's Christmas party.

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this Christmas, Fanny [Fern] and her daughters [Grace and Ellen Eldredge]. All the folks in the big shop and store room, in the former of which a stage had been rigged up, with scenery (painted by [Carl] Knudsen the Danish artist, one of the guests), footlamps &c. The audience sat in the back room, the big doorway framing, as it were, the stage. We had this year, printed bills of the performances &c, which [Jesse] Haney got up — they included everybody, even the audience. [Frank] Cahill was especially lively and prominent. The farce went off very well, though, at first, the actors didn’t speak up enough, but by dint of warming up at the applause (my hands became perfectly sore with clapping) they did it capitally. Then Cahill in ballet costume, did a fandango. Then I was pressed into service to sing the Ratcatcher's Daughter in character, with cap over one eye, indian ink round t’other, rough coat half off, thick stick, short pipe and pants turned up to do the costermanger. [James] Parton said it was a great success and subsequently I did "Villikins" — not so much of a one. Christmas tree, charades, dances, healths, speech making, "musical honors" and papa [George] Edwards famous punch made up a jolly evening. [William] Rogers, Parton's brother in law is a very hearty, western New York man. Matty [Edwards] was the prettiest girl present — such roses blooming in her cheeks. It was delightful to see Parton. I believe a more whole-sailed fellow — in a higher sense than is usually attached to that hackeneyed word — doesn't exist. Haney's face — it struck me — has deepened much of late years — I liked to look at these two men throughout the evening. We kept

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-12-25

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Theater
Actors
Christmas
Diaries
Songs
Holidays

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