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and was afraid of manifesting affection for him before her husband.
There�s an anecdote of her having clipped the main and tail of her
riding horse in vexation and rage at his having sold it, in order to
nullify the bargain.    It seems that the families lived together awhile,
my father however soon being put out to school.    Dick Gunn his 
elder brother was a drunkard, a devil-may care improvident dog, with
a trick of bestowing nick-names, whether on his younger brother, whom
he dubbed �Taffy�, or the two cats, which he called �Chess� and �Snivel-
gall.�   He�d ride about top-booted, go hunting, drink and roar in Ban-
bury taverns, enlist as a soldier a dozen times over, (always being
�bought-off� again,) and became the prey of any rascal who chose to swindle
him.   With a fellow like this Bolton had his own way, and Dick
soon became only nominal proprietor, perhaps the more speedily as his
mother soon died.    Thomas, the second son, a red-haired lout, who
wouldn�t learn anything at school, was not at Hardwick following
the plough-tail, or courting one Charlotte Bolton, daughter of the
brother of his father in law, and who afterwards became a fitting wife
for him.              Soon we find Henry Bolton renting the farm of Ri-
chard, wh first for twenty years, (which the foolish scape-grace
did not live to see the quarter of.)   Rents he soon squandered, then
ensued advances in money on old Bolton�s part, and Dick�s land
becomes his.     Whether Dick was plundered legally, or sans all
conscience and form I know not, but certain it is all went very speedily.
My father had been at two schools, (in one of which the boys were so
starved that he actually remembers them roasting and eating a dead
mouse!) and from thence, after, it may be some brief time at the farm
was apprenticed to a Banbury grocer.    I fancy I can see a Neith-               
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