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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 12, February 1, 1855

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Identifier: DX02070879

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 12, February 1, 1855

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


there was no sort of intimacy or communication between the families. My father [Samuel Gunn] had lent him [Thomas Gunn] money, which had remained unpaid so long that when he was prevailed upon, (by my Uncle Henry Bolton) to cash up, it was within a month or so of limitation statute, when it would have been irrecoverable. He blasphemed and cursed my father up hill and down dale, when he learnt this. I think they never met after we quitted Oxford. I remember this Uncle of mine patting my boys-head and giving me a shilling, which I divided with Edwin [Gunn]. / He got drunk occasionally at Banbury market, wore top-boots, and never suspenders, so that an equator of shirt was visible between his waistcoat and knee-cords. His eldest son was [word crossed out] died in Marsh 1826, the month succeeding my birthday. He was a Richard Gunn, and ended his life after strange fashion, being found dead on the road-side, in riding from Deddington towards South Newington. He was a young man, some five and twenty or less, and had married a Checkley, of Wigginton; her brother who had been his companion in that evening ride, was, and is suspected of having murdered him. Checkley was found snug in his bed on the next morning, and told some story about Dick stopping behind on the road. He, Checkley had the character of “a bad fellow,” and my Aunt [Charlotte Bolton] Gunn, (widow of Thomas,) says most positively that Dick was murdered, and that his assassin fears to be in the dark, now. Yet she is a woman who’s word must not be held proof positive. Anyway Dick’s skull was fractured by a blow of a stake or riding whip, he was found not in the road, but partly in a ditch; and the family, nay my father, thinks his brother in law killed him. There was an inquest, but appears no verdict

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-02-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Clothing and dress


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