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Diarhea, produced he believes by Wurzbach s sour German wine.
  10.  Saturday.  Said Good bye to Neithrop folks, then to rail,
George accompanying.  Good bye to him, and off for Oxford, starting
about 2 1/2.  Ice cold weather spite of the wintry sun-shine, snow hid
country.    Oxford, at the close of its market day.   Up to the High
Street, rustic boy carrying carpet bag, sturdy farmers about, and raw
militia men staring open mouthed at me, or commenting in their broad
innocent dialect.    To Levi Greatbatch s china shop.  Had tea with
him, and two children, one a very pretty little girl.  Fun with the
children for half an hour, telling  em stories and making  em
laugh; then off inside coach for Swinford.   A cold, clear night,
icy wind blowing, deep snow lying on the roads, and the country.  There
good humored youngish countrywomen my fellow travellers.     Some
rough country fellows tried to hitch on behind, and quite a belligerent
scene occurred when our coachman got down to remonstrate with  em.  I
believe they snowballed the  outsides  subsequently.   Five miles past,
and I m put down at Swinford farm, and the noise of the coach-
wheels crunching over the snow dies away Witney wards.  I find
only Mr & Mrs Franklin, the family being out.    They welcome me
frankly enow, and I sit and cultivate the acquaintance of a small
sturdy boy, a grand child of Mr Franklins.    I feel hower cold &
strange, and am not sorry to get to bed, and to thoughts of Cha-
combe.
  19.  Sunday.  To Eyncham church with Mr Franklin, cal-
ling for  Tilly  at her kind old Grandmothers by the way.  She
has been here for two weeks, and I think dull ones.           We sit in a
spacious pew, up-stairs, between the arch springing from the columns.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page twenty
Description:Describes his journey by stagecoach from Oxford to Swinford.
Date:1855-02-09
Subject:Bolton, George; Franklin; Franklin, Mrs.; Greatbatch, Levi; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jenkins, Tilly; Transportation; Waud, Alfred; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):Oxford, [England]; Swinford, [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.