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rop fireside during my father s boy-hood.   Old Bolton, a loose, 
portly man, growing bald, with a red face, and keen resolute
look, an old woman, his housekeeper, one Sarah Bromley,
my father a timid and probably sneaky boy, (admitted on sufferance
and very much afraid of doing something he d be reproved for,)
and Henry Bolton, second son to him of that name, (and my present
uncle,) a good-natured lad, (whom Master Dick Gunn would send
down to Banbury for brandy, ere he got up of mornings.)  To
them would enter Dick himself, fetched from a tavern by William
Bolton, elder son of Henry,   he already inclining towards drunkenness
himself, in emulation of his half-brother.   Dick would come in with
a saddened face, and a great beer or brandy-stain on his shirt front,
his waistcoat buttoned all awry.   /                   I have seen some five
or six ledger-like leaves scrambled all over by old Bolton, (the words
most vilely mis-spelt), which are strongly suggestive of his dealings
with scape-grace Dick.    Amid entries of payments for turn-pikes,
for cheeses, for this, that and the other, are many items against
the writer s victimized step-son.   Now pounds are  advanced,  now
a  shilling,  anon  Paid to Tomey  so much, presently  smock-
frockes  charged for, (which the foolish fellow gave away to any varlet
who d ask for  em.)     So field by field, the farm passed away
into Bolton s gripe, which was a fast one; and presently Dick
died, having  drunk himself to death.  He left the sums of  200 
to his younger brothers, Thomas and Samuel, smaller legacies to his
brothers-in-law, and the rest was claimed by Bolton the elder.   The
old woman Sally Bromley, (who was pensioned off by Bolton, in her old
age,) is reported to have talked ominously towards the close of her life; as
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page ten
Description:Gives an account of his family history on his father's side.
Date:1855-02-01
Subject:Bolton, Henry; Bolton, Henry, Sr.; Bolton, William, Sr.; Bromley, Sarah; Gunn, Richard; 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.