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we went to the Church, where he left me, for half an hour to go over
it.   The spacious Church yard has a plentiful crop of grave stones, amid
which you may spy the stump and pedestal of a crop.   The Church
is a fine one, with plain Norman doorway in its thick walled tower,
small columns on either side of it, perpendicular windows in the clove-story,
early English ones elsewhere, and a bastard classic (!) porch.  Young
small leaved ivy grew here and there, the snow lay thick on the graves,
and a congealed stream from a pipe on the tower wall was visible.
  By the aid of the Clerk & Sexton s wife I entred.    The only note worthy
object is the tomb of Sir Anthony Foster, Walter Scott s  Anthony Fire-
the-faggot.     He lies in the chancel, beneath a squarely-shaped tomb
with a stone canopy over it, under which, upon the wall is a brass effigy
of himself and his wife, both kneeling in the customary ungraceful attitudes,
he clad in a suit of armour, she with three quaintly delineated children
at her tail.  (Was one of these Scott s pretty Puritan?)  There is also a
latin epitaph, which if it lie not after the manner of most Epitaphs,
would make Sir Anthony to be a most estimable personage, rather than
the hypocrite and scoundrel described by Sir Walter.   Mrs S C
Hall takes Tony s part, so one naturally inclines to the other side.
  Nought remains of Cumnor Hall, the scene of poor Amy Robert s
imprisonment and death, but the stones, which form the rear wall of the
Churchyard.  The building stood in the field immediately beyond, the
uneven surface of which warrents the fact.  For the wall itself
it is a veritable bit of antiquity, the gnarled ivy roots having everywhere
grown into its strong substance.  There is also a closed doorway, but across
to the field was gained, on my part, by clambering over a broken space.
Under the the wall and tall trees, (with their ivy hid trunks,)
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page twenty-two
Description:Describes a visit to a church in Cumnor with Mr. Franklin.
Date:1855-02-12
Subject:Books and reading; Church buildings; Franklin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, S.C., Mrs.; Robert, Amy; Scott, Walter
Coverage (City/State):Cumnor, [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.