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there was no sort of intimacy or communication between the families.
My father had lent him money, which had remained unpaid so long
that when he was prevailed upon, (by my Uncle Henry Bolton) to
cash up, it was within a month or so of limitation statute, when
it would have been irrecoverable.     He blasphemed and cursed my
father up hill and down dale, when he learnt this.    I think they
never met after we quitted Oxford.     I remember this Uncle of mine
patting my boys-head and giving me a shilling, which I divided with
Edwin.   /        He got drunk occasionally at Banbury market, wore
top-boots, and never suspenders, so that an equator of shirt was visible
between his waistcoat and knee-cords.       His eldest son died
in Marsh 1826, the month succeeding my birthday.   He was a
Richard Gunn, and ended his life after strange fashion, being
found dead on the road-side, in riding from Deddington towards
South Newington.    He was a young man, some five and twenty or
less, and had married a Checkley, of Wigginton; her brother
who had been his companion in that evening ride, was, and is
suspected of having murdered him.    Checkley was found snug in
his bed on the next morning, and told some story about Dick stop-
ping behind on the road.   He, Checkley had the character of  a
bad fellow,  and my Aunt Gunn, (widow of Thomas,) says most
positively that Dick was murdered, and that his assassin fears
to be in the dark, now.   Yet she is a woman who s word must not
be held proof positive.   Anyway Dick s skull was fractured by a blow
of a stake or riding whip, he was found not in the road, but partly
in a ditch; and the family, nay my father, thinks his brother
in law killed him.    There was an inquest, but appears no verdict
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page twelve
Description:Gives an account of his family history on his father's side.
Date:1855-02-01
Subject:Bolton, Charlotte; Bolton, Henry; Checkley; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Rich; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Thomas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Murder
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.