Louisanna Gibsonís Memoir continued...

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Rosa Gibson Florence Gibson
Rosa Gibson, b 1850, Geneva, c 1872 and
Florence Gibson, b 1853, Geneva, c 1872.
Ella Gibson, c 1872 Harry Heywood
Ella Gibson, c 1872 and Harry Heywood, 1872

Marriage of Ella

1857: "Sumner has as I said often brought home some of his college friends. One of these, Henry Robinson Heywood, seemed to me to be attracted towards Ella. On one occasion Ö we found Ella and Henry sitting apart on the bank while the others were wandering on the shingle. I said to my husband ĎWhat does this mean? I hope he is not trifling with her.í"

1858: "Ella was married. Miss Heywood and most of the brothers came to Fawley for it and my father and most of my brothers and sisters were there."

Journey to France.

1861: "We hired a carriage and voiturier to take us all the way to Biarritz. The drive was a very pretty and interesting one. We stopped in the middle of the day to rest the horses and have our lunch at Orthez. While we were waiting for our lunch, my husband went out and ran up the hill which overlooks the little town, being much interested in recalling the events which took place there in the Peninsular war. He got exceedingly heated, having hurried a good deal, our time being limited. Our salle opened on to a balcony, and the large window leading to this balcony was wide open. .. My husband sat with his back to this large window and said afterwards that he had felt a great draft as there was rather a cold wind blowing in, and this in his heated condition had a most serious effect upon him. That same evening he told me that he felt he had taken cold.

"My husbandís cold got worse and developed a cough.

My husband went to Pau alone, intending to return in two or three days. However, instead of being able to do this, he wrote to beg me to come to him. The doctor had found serious mischief in one lung, and was putting him through a course of blistering, and he need me sadly."

"We returned to England some time in June, going to the best of my recollection straight home to Fawley. We were very anxious not to winter abroad again, but my husband was not able to do any duty and Ada was still very delicate, and in November we took a house at St.Leonardís on sea, and moved there.

"This place agreed very well with my husband and Ada held her ground. Indeed when the time for leaving in the spring of í62 my husband was so much better that he went with me to pay a short visit to my father in London, and on going back to Fawley he on one Sunday read the epistle in church.

"The doctor now advised my husband to go abroad but we went to Bournemouth for a few weeks. The change did him no good, indeed I think did him harm.

"When I went back to Bournemouth, I saw that even the two days had made a difference, and I was very glad when about the end of October we were allowed to go home.

Death of William Gibson.

"The illness now increased rapidly. One thing after another was given up. At last he could no longer go downstairs, but I do not remember that he was confined to his bed for more than three or four days. All our children in England were sent for and arrived in time to receive a blessing and last words. My husband also had the servants in and said goodbye to them and said a few words to each, and on the 8th December, 1862, he quietly sank to rest.

Culverlands House, Farnham, about 1865
Culverlands House, Farnham, about 1865

"Of course I had to think of a new home. A house near Farnham happened to be vacant - Culverlands - just the right size, very prettily situated, and my father took it for me, paying half the rent during the whole of the twelve years I lived there."