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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 195, April 23, 1859

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Identifier: DX03351504

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 195, April 23, 1859

Description: Regarding Rawson Gill's parents and siblings.


Rawson [Gill] recollects him [his father, Mr. Gill] 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 [Elizabeth Gouverneur] (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 California, in 1848, aboard ship, Rawson being with him. He was a clever man, on his son’s report, “made a hammock” 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 [Adolphus] Gouverneur a year subsequent to her first husband’s death. Rawson says he, Gouverneur, left money to Gladdy [Gouverneur] “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 Atlantic 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,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-04-23

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries


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