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		                   February. 1855.
  1. Thursday.  Here am I, abiding for the present at Neithrop,
and shall at no time have fairer leisure and opportunity to put down all
I have learnt of our family on the fathers side.  It is in its detail
characteristic of country life nearly a century ago, no-wise creditable, 
though not without its interest.  /                           The Gunn family were
farmer folk and lived in this old house  time out o  mind.  It was
then more spacious, including the adjoining building (on the left side,)
the rear buildings however (rebuilt over half a century ago as a dwelling
house,) were then barns and stables.  Like most houses and cottages
hereabouts, it is of yellowish colored stone, partly thatched, partly roofed.
Two or three Tudor shaped windows indicate that the older part may
have stood two centuries, while at the end, (as you enter from the road
through the big blue gates,) you can spy traces of some former porch or
doorway, in a stone arch, forming part of the wall.            The Gunn name
is not uncommon hereabouts, and the tombstones in Banbury churchyard
testify that many of  em lie there.   My Grandfather was a sturdy
farmer, known by the nickname of  Golden Gunn  from a liking of
his to recieve and make payments in specie.    Old Dumbledon, (Ban-
bury s  oldest inhabitant  some years ago, dead now,) told me some few
of his characteristics.  He had worked for him, spake praisingly terming
him  Gentleman Gunn,  and said that though a chapel-goer, (a smack
of Puritan Banbury here,) he frequently attended church-service on work-day 
	mornings.  He
dying when my father, his youngest born, was a child left three
sons, and their mother.  To Richard the eldest was left the Neithrop
house and farm; to Thomas the next, the South Newington one, from
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page seven
Description:Gives an account of his family history on his father's side.
Date:1855-02-01
Subject:Bolton, Sarah (Gunn); Dumbledon; Farms; Gunn, Richard; Gunn, Richard (IV); Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Thomas; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):Banbury, [England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.