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went out with Cahill and Gun to visit Led-
ger.     A queer, red-faced Engishman that last,
one of his eyes, as Cahill says, constructed on the
revolving light principle.   Has been in the Spanish
Americas and where not; goes in a day or two
to Toronto.                     That Becket (or rather
Patrick Bellew, which was his real name) that
stalwart, masculine, demi-civilized, ex-Australian
pugilistic, pipe-smoking, rat-and-terrier-loving,
abrupt-speaking ex-overseer of Central-park la-
borers, he who risked a fight with Aaron Jones
the pugilist by insulting him at Crook and Duffs,
Bellew being drunk at the time and Mort Thom-
son who knew Jones preventing the row; he who
voted at the polls, having no earthly right to do so,
and stuffed a handful of tickets into the ballot-
box, the officials being too much afraid of him and
his attendant crowd of Irish Central-park labo-
rers, to remonstrate; he who got into fights about
the docks and elsewhere   this young man has
recently got married to a wealthy young-heiress
in England.        So Bellew says.   This Patrick
was the first person who let out definitely, that Bel-
lew himself was born in Ireland.

[enclosed newspaper clipping]
     Body of Mr. Campau Found.
	        DETROIT, Monday, Dec. 19, 1859.
  The body of J. Barnabas Campau, a prominent citi-
zen, whose mysterious disappearance nearly three
weeks ago caused great excitement, from the supposi-
tion of murder, was recovered from the river to-day,
unmarked by violence, and with his watch and valua-
bles left undisturbed.

I am afraid this 
must be one of my com-
panions in the Lake Su-
perior trip; he who did
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and eighty
Description:Regarding Patrick Beckett Bellew and the death of Mr. Campau.
Date:1859-12-19
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Patrick Beckett; Cahill, Frank; Campau, J. Barnabas; Corbin; Elections; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jones, Aaron; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.