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and was afraid of manifesting affection for him before her husband.
There s an anecdote of her having clipped the main and tail of her
riding horse in vexation and rage at his having sold it, in order to
nullify the bargain.    It seems that the families lived together awhile,
my father however soon being put out to school.    Dick Gunn his 
elder brother was a drunkard, a devil-may care improvident dog, with
a trick of bestowing nick-names, whether on his younger brother, whom
he dubbed  Taffy , or the two cats, which he called  Chess  and  Snivel-
gall.    He d ride about top-booted, go hunting, drink and roar in Ban-
bury taverns, enlist as a soldier a dozen times over, (always being
 bought-off  again,) and became the prey of any rascal who chose to swindle
him.   With a fellow like this Bolton had his own way, and Dick
soon became only nominal proprietor, perhaps the more speedily as his
mother soon died.    Thomas, the second son, a red-haired lout, who
wouldn t learn anything at school, was not at Hardwick following
the plough-tail, or courting one Charlotte Bolton, daughter of the
brother of his father in law, and who afterwards became a fitting wife
for him.              Soon we find Henry Bolton renting the farm of Ri-
chard, wh first for twenty years, (which the foolish scape-grace
did not live to see the quarter of.)   Rents he soon squandered, then
ensued advances in money on old Bolton s part, and Dick s land
becomes his.     Whether Dick was plundered legally, or sans all
conscience and form I know not, but certain it is all went very speedily.
My father had been at two schools, (in one of which the boys were so
starved that he actually remembers them roasting and eating a dead
mouse!) and from thence, after, it may be some brief time at the farm
was apprenticed to a Banbury grocer.    I fancy I can see a Neith-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page nine
Description:Gives an account of his family history on his father's side.
Date:1855-02-01
Subject:Bolton, Charlotte; Bolton, Henry, Sr.; Bolton, Sarah (Gunn); Farms; Gunn, Richard; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Thomas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses
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.