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of a large number of delinquents from
justice, Gun says twenty or more.    He re-
ports also that Ledger has that number of men
under his control as satellites and spies; repre-
sents him indeed as an important person generally.
The name is fictitious, of course, and Gun hints
at mystery with respect to the  revolving eye.   He
accompanied Ledger on a thief-catching expedition
to Elizabethtown, some five or six weeks back.
They went to a ball where Ledger  stood  drinks
to everybody, got his destined victim playing billiards,
made him drunk and carried him off to New
York by rail, returning to fetch Gun whom he had
left in a drunken sleep.        Gun had the curiosity
to attend the departure of next day s steamer
for England, when he saw the  fellow  go
aboard, Ledger having effectually convinced him
tht he had no other alternative.         In order to
obtain intelligence of another offender, I think a
forger, Ledger went to a boarding-house where
the man s mistress lived, got intimate with her,
took her out for an excursion to Greenwood, got
all the information he needed   and something that
was not information.    A very quiet, undemonstra-
tive man, this Ledger, but gets drunk occasion-
ally, and is then pugilistic.    He wanted to fight
George Arnold one night, at Howell s, Bob Gun
and young Frank Wood being present.         / Re-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and eighty-nine
Description:Regarding Bob Gun's tales of detective Arthur Ledger.
Date:1859-12-25
Subject:Arnold, George; Detectives; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Wood, Frank
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.