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The sermon was well meant but dull, and the place was very cold.
Little Tilly snuggled herself up, and looked very pretty, as she knelt
on the great broad hassock-place.         During the afternoon she came
over to Swinton, where I m half sorry to say I rallied her considerably
about Joe Stokes.      She had a note from Sam for me, and I fictionized
that a paragraph related to him.  She said she knew all about him,
defyed me to tell her anything, and didn t want to hear.  So I affected
assent; her curiosity was piqued, and after two hours on and off entreaty,
I, on condition that she sat side by side with me, her pretty feet on the fen-
der, told her that     He d had a slight cold, and     recovered from
it ! !                  I hope the fellow is in love with her.  Her position don t
seem to be a happy one.  Two sisters married, no home, her late place
as teacheress is ended by the death of a lady, and no certainty in perspective.
She stayed tea, and I saw her back to Eynsham, over the snowy
road.
  12.  Monday.  Abroad with Mr Franklin in his gig, with intent
to visit Cumnor.   The morning sunny, but the air sharp and marble
cold to the cheek, the roads swept and cleansed but great drifts on either
side.    Striking off to the right from the Oxford road, we find the snow-
banks some three and four feet high, lying in strange sharply defined
curves, formed by the varying blasts of wind.    Going up hills we were
fain to get out and walk for the horse s comfort.     Presently we are
at the commencement of Cumnor village, and just beyond, the road was
finely blockaded by the snow, men being at work to shovel it away,
a temporary across to the place being gained by a slight circuit through
a field, to achieve which a stone fence had been partially demolished.
Five minutes thus at the farm belonging to Mr Franklin, whence
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page twenty-one
Description:Describes a day spent with Tilly Jenkins and a visit to Cumnor.
Date:1855-02-11
Subject:Franklin; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jenkins, Tilly; Stokes, Joe
Coverage (City/State):Cumnor, [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.