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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 10, February 1, 1855

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Identifier: DX02069593

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 10, February 1, 1855

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


[Neith]rop fireside during my father [Samuel Gunn]’s boy-hood. Old [Henry] Bolton, a loose, portly man, growing bald, with a red face, and keen resolute look, an old woman, his housekeeper, one Sarah Bromley, my father a timid and probably sneaky boy, (admitted on sufferance and very much afraid of doing something he’d be reproved for,) and Henry Bolton, second son to him of that name, (and my present uncle,) a good-natured lad, (whom Master Dick Gunn would send down to Banbury for brandy, ere he got up of mornings.) To them would enter Dick himself, fetched from a tavern by William Bolton, elder son of Henry, — he already inclining towards drunkenness himself, in emulation of his half-brother. Dick would come in with a saddened face, and a great beer or brandy-stain on his shirt front, his waistcoat buttoned all awry. / I have seen some five or six ledger-like leaves scrambled all over by old Bolton, (the words most vilely mis-spelt), which are strongly suggestive of his dealings with scape-grace Dick. Amid entries of payments for turnpikes, for cheeses, for this, that and the other, are many items against the writer’s victimized step-son in law. Now pounds are “advanced,” now a “shilling,” anon “Paid to Tomey” so much, presently “smock-frockes” charged for, (which the foolish fellow gave away to any varlet who’d ask for ‘em.) So field by field, the farm passed away into Bolton’s gripe, which was a fast one; and presently Dick died, having “drunk himself to death.” He left the sums of 200 [pounds] to his younger brothers, Thomas and Samuel, smaller legacies to his brothers-in-law, and the rest was claimed by Bolton the elder. The old woman Sally Bromley, (who was pensioned off by Bolton, in her old age,) is reported to have talked ominously towards the close of her life; as

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-02-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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