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most incessantly, evenings and all, 
on my various employments.     Now for Items.
  This day, at the Post-Office I got a  Ban-
bury Guardian  containing the following:

[enclosed newspaper clipping]
  Oct. 23, at Bloxham, in the 80th year of his age, Mr. William
Bezley.  He breathed his last in the blessed hope and immortality
trusting to the mercy of God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

  The last letter I had from my mother, dated
Oct 26, contains news of two other deaths; the
first her uncle Thomas Fielder, aged 85;
the second her brother William s wife.   He, with
his old wife, had been confined to his chamber
for years, almost bed-ridden.     He was like
his sister, my old grandmother.  I remember he
never talked in over friendly manner of my grand-
father, would broach small matters of objection
in my mothers presence, years after the object
of them was dead and gone.    I, always having
great reverence for my grandfather, used to
be awed and disturbed by this.            My
aunt Mrs William Butler, of Guildford, I
knew but little of, and didn t like.   She was
sister to John Mapleson the husband of my
aunt Annie, the  cupper to her Majesty , the
white-teethed, whiskered, moustached, grinning,
dandaical villain, who struck and ill-used his
kind, handsome wife, who was guilty of the hor-
riblest sensualism, who has squandered what
money of hers he could lay his hands on and
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Regarding the death of William Bezley.
Date:1859-11-22
Subject:Bezley, William; Butler, Mary; Butler, William; Fielder, Thomas; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapleson, Anna; Mapleson, John; Obituaries
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.