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Rawson recollects him very well, but nothing of
England, except what accrued from a second visit, when
he was about 12, in his father s company.   The man
had some sort of mercantile agency which took him with
his wife (who I think followed) to South America.  She was
ill content to stay there and after a residence of one or two
years, would come back.   Gill died on his way to Cali-
fornia, in 1848, aboard ship, Rawson being with him.
He was a clever man, on his son s report,  made a ham-
mock  in the voyage, which they sewed his body in, when he
was committed to the sea.   I was half inclined to jump
overboard, too,  says Rawson.   But he kept on, from
the Isthmus to California, with a party, went up to the
mines, stayed awhile, then came back to Nicaragua, where
he got a situation which he kept for two years, until
his mother sent for him.   She married Gouverneur a
year subsequent to her first husband s death.   Rawson says
he, Gouverneur, left money to Gladdy  because he was
goodlooking.        How Rawson s elder sister came to go
to Australia, where she is now, with some aunt, I
don t know.   She does not seem to have crossed the Atlan-
tic at any period.   I can judge from the son s report that
his father did not live at all happily with his mother, as how
should he.   Gouverneurs relatives, too, were dead against
the match, and have inherited any amount of discord
from their dead kinsman s folly in being ensnared by a
pretty face.  My mother was very handsome when she
was young,  says Rawson.   Also very ignorant, vain,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and ninety-five
Description:Regarding Rawson Gill's parents and siblings.
Date:1859-04-23
Subject:Gill; Gill, Miss; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur; Gouverneur, Adolphus (''Gladdy''); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):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.