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which the sum of 700 [pounds], raised by mortgage, was to go to Samuel,
the youngest, (my father,) upon his coming to age; which it was con-
sidered made the portions of the two last nearly equivalent, as much of
the South Newington land was unfenced &c.     Trustees, (Munton &
Goldby,) had the superintendence of thus.   The widow, of course, remain-
ed in the Neithrop house; whither in possession till Richard came of age,
(he was a boy of eleven) I know not, she may have had, too,
special monies willed to her.     Very speedily however she married again,
and became Mrs Henry Bolton.     Her husband was a notable
man in his way, as the event will show.  He was born in a War-
wickshire cottage, and started in life as a farm labourer, thence be-
came a cattle-dealer, till by the pecuniary aid of a brother, (who had
thriven too,) he commenced farmer.     I have heard him spoken of
in country parlance as a  pig-porker.  He did not abandon his
cattle dealing, when farming, and  twas through this coming to the
Neithrop farm about purchasing a calf that he became acquainted with
the widow Gunn.   He was a keen, thrifty and not scrupulous man,
ever with an open eye to self interest, a severe chapel goer, intolerant
of idleness, and liked to pique his men to do their utmost by exciting
rivalry amidst them.   He d meet and make purchases of droners
on market-days, perhaps selling out again at profit a few hours
later.  He always paid punctually.       Well, he took up his
abode at Neithrop, whether with the determination to make it and
and the farm his own I know not, but few years passed ere it
became so.    His wife does not appear to have made a happy mar-
riage, although three children were the result of it, one of whom
died young.   She would give my father a cake or halfpenny secretly,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page eight
Description:Gives an account of his family history on his father's side.
Date:1855-02-01
Subject:Bolton, Henry, Sr.; Bolton, Sarah (Gunn); Farms; Goldby; Gunn, Richard (IV); Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Munton
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.