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of import.    This Dick the second, left two sons, one Dick the
third my scape-grace cousin and fellow voyager across the Atlantic,
the other, �a natural,� who died some few years back, and whom
I never saw, (or heard of till within the last day or so.)   All the
Dicks appear to be unlucky knaves, nor does the list end here.
Samuel Gunn was the next of my uncle Thomas� sons.   He was
brought up on the Bolton farm, and employed as carpenter, in which
capacity I recollect him, it must be fifteen years ago.  He married,
farmed in peddling way, had the �Angel Inn� for a space, and now
sells coals, and farms the Banbury market space, on fair days &c,
letting it at profit to stall keepers &c.     He�s some small family, I
know not how much, but theyr�e all children, save for a sharking ras-
cal of a Richard, (the fourth,) who dwells at Birmingham.   But
to the rest of Thomas� worthy brood.    William, Henry, Ann
and Hannah.   William, brought up like all of them, a country lout,
on the farm, swindled an old woman of South Newington, and spent
some time in Oxford Jail for it.   �Twas under promise of marriage.
I do not know but that he was the elder, not Samuel.    Henry went
to Australia, thence to California some eight or more years back,
since which time he has never been heard of.    Ann is Mrs Bezly
of Bloxham, Hannah, Mrs Castle.           But I have not spoken
of their fathers death, which was singularly like that of his eldest 
sons.     In the early winter of 1840 he was riding homewards from
Banbury, on market day, at night, some hours later was picked up on
the roadside speechless and dying.  He had been thrown by his horse,
(perhaps while drunk,) in descending the hill just beyond the turn-
pike, half a mile or so before you enter Bloxham.  They carried               
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