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of import.    This Dick the second, left two sons, one Dick the
third my scape-grace cousin and fellow voyager across the Atlantic,
the other,  a natural,  who died some few years back, and whom
I never saw, (or heard of till within the last day or so.)   All the
Dicks appear to be unlucky knaves, nor does the list end here.
Samuel Gunn was the next of my uncle Thomas  sons.   He was
brought up on the Bolton farm, and employed as carpenter, in which
capacity I recollect him, it must be fifteen years ago.  He married,
farmed in peddling way, had the  Angel Inn  for a space, and now
sells coals, and farms the Banbury market space, on fair days &c,
letting it at profit to stall keepers &c.     He s some small family, I
know not how much, but theyr e all children, save for a sharking ras-
cal of a Richard, (the fourth,) who dwells at Birmingham.   But
to the rest of Thomas  worthy brood.    William, Henry, Ann
and Hannah.   William, brought up like all of them, a country lout,
on the farm, swindled an old woman of South Newington, and spent
some time in Oxford Jail for it.    Twas under promise of marriage.
I do not know but that he was the elder, not Samuel.    Henry went
to Australia, thence to California some eight or more years back,
since which time he has never been heard of.    Ann is Mrs Bezly
of Bloxham, Hannah, Mrs Castle.           But I have not spoken
of their fathers death, which was singularly like that of his eldest 
sons.     In the early winter of 1840 he was riding homewards from
Banbury, on market day, at night, some hours later was picked up on
the roadside speechless and dying.  He had been thrown by his horse,
(perhaps while drunk,) in descending the hill just beyond the turn-
pike, half a mile or so before you enter Bloxham.  They carried
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page thirteen
Description:Gives an account of his family history on his father's side.
Subject:Bezly, Ann (Drinkwater); Castle, Hannah; Gunn, Dick; Gunn, Rich; Gunn, Henry; Gunn, Rich; Gunn, Rich, Jr.; Gunn, Sam; Gunn, Thomas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Gunn, William
Coverage (City/State):Banbury, [England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.