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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 9, February 1, 1855

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Identifier: DX02068950

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 9, February 1, 1855

Description: Gives an account of his family history on his father's side.


and [Sarah Wyatt Gunn Bolton] was afraid of manifesting affection for him [Samuel Gunn] before her husband [Henry Bolton]. 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 “Snivelgall.” He’d ride about top-booted, go hunting, drink and roar in Banbury 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 [Gunn], the second son, a red-haired lout, who wouldn’t learn anything at school, was not at Hardwick following the plough-tailing, 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 Richard, wh first for twenty years, (which the foolish scape-grace did not live to see the quarter off.) 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-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-02-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Boarding schools


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