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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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