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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 67, December 24-25, 1849

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Identifier: DX08689532

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 67, December 24-25, 1849

Description: Describes the events of Christmas Day, 1849.


shop” where I saw his ladye love. Little hard-favoured virgin with light hair — auld Scot’s woman her mother. Some talk, then Hughie [Muir] and I go Harsinius-wards. Call on Canadian Frenchman. Then Hughie went back to candy shop. Eating peanuts, talk, badinage, brandy and water, — toy and “candy” purchasing for the children’s Santa-Claus stockmising. Back to 79, and an uproariously absurd half hour in doing it. One stocking — supposed to be unpopular Ellen’s ae fill will candies, mould, blacking, tea cup fragments, bone &c. Next — for Kitty all good, — cents & confectionary. Next, baby’s — confectionary and bit of pork fat. Then cat’s whisker singing, and uproariously to bed.

25. Tuesday. Christmas day. Oh day of [Charles] Dickens, and home memories, — passed for the First Time away from Home and England. I cross to New York, big mahongany-blocks under arm, clear, chill & frosty day, sun outright gloriously. Finding Warren Butler’s shut — (a right thing too), I leave big blocks at Bewitts and then stroll hither and thither to see how the world’s best holiday is kept. It was pleasant and a sort of company for my lonelyness to see merry faces hurrying hither and thither, to think of firesides and welcomes awaiting them. Oh my Mary [Bilton], why are you not by me? — / A batch of equestrian oddities ride by, all en droll costume, here a Spaniard, here a Turk, here one half butcher with blue frock and huge trousers — boys run and shout and grin. Back to Jersey, dinner. Afternoon occupyed in lighting fire which had gone out. Herr Sanders with me. Droll stories about the Holy-coat of Treves.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1849-12-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Christmas stockings


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