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cattle had sheltered themselves, the white snow lay deep elsewhere.
  Not a vestige remains of the  Bear and Ragged Staff  hostel, the  Black
Bear  of Scott s novel.  It stood immediately fronting the Church, on the other
side of the road.     The name of Lambourne appears in the list of
Cumnor s inhabitants, though whether a descendant of roystering Mike the
deponent sayeth not.   Also there is, I learn, a Farnel, Farney, or
Varney, for the name seems to have been spelt indifferently.
  Rejoining Mr Franklin at the farm, we set off again, he as Road super
intendant speaking to the men delving at the snow.   One, he told me, had
10 shillings per week, a family of five, and a wife.  Hard times in England
for the poor.   We dined at Tilbury farm, held by John Franklin, a decent
isolated sort of farm house, plenty of rabbits and hares footprints in the snow
approaching towards it.        Returning, my companion having to make another
call, put me down and I walked for two miles or so, back to Swinford.
William Franklin was there on my return, also his sister.
  13.  Tuesday.  Good bye to Eynsham & Swinford folks.   Walked
along the road towards the former place, being presently taken up by the
coach.  Tilly  inside, and a very ugly man, who pulled up the window
strap as though it belonged to a Guillotine, and held on to it viciously
during the journey.     Cheery, cold and sunny morning.  Beautiful old
Oxford again.  Tilly off to the Rogers, I to Levi Greatbatch s for
ten minutes, then to issue forth for an hour or twain s ramble about
the City.   And a pleasant time it was.    The stately and picturesque old
colleges gladdening in the sunshine, the pure fresh morning air, the deep 
snow, glimpses of quiet quadrangles about which young men in academic
cap and gown passed conversing together; the broad noble road
leading Banbury-wards, with the exquisite Martyrs Memorial, in honor
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page twenty-three
Description:Describes his journey by stagecoach to Oxford, and his walk around the college buildings.
Date:1855-02-12
Subject:Books and reading; Franklin; Franklin, John; Franklin, William; Greatbatch, Levi; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jenkins, Tilly; University of Oxford
Coverage (City/State):Cumnor, [England]; Swinford, [England]; Oxford, [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.