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	                   Ledger.
ishly ran away from her   she a mother, too.
  4.  Saturday.  Hither and thither, to Bellews,
lost my dinner, down-town, to  Courier,   Pic  of-
fice &c.      Tired out at night.      Whist-party in
Ledger s room.    Mrs. Boley, Miss Maguire, Billing-
ton, Bob Gun, Cahill and anon Morris.             I sat
up for an hour subsequent with Ledger, he talking autobio-
graphically.       He is a short rather than mid-
dle-sized man, trimly dressed in solid-looking
clothes, dark-colored ones, no shirt collar visible.
Very reddish faced, inclining to bald-ness, his
hair darkish, wearing a shortish beard and mous-
tache.     Not good-looking, inclining indeed perhaps to ugli-
ness, though of no pronounced character.    The flesh
surrounding his eyes is protuberant, the eyes them-
selves have a trick of displaying their whites, which
in conjunction with their scarlet surroundings, pro-
duce the effect denominated by Cahill  a revolving-
light -house aspect.            A curt, blunt, gross-
speaking, sharp-thinking man, ordinarily straight-
forward in expressing his opinions on little
things, but quietly alert, wily and watchful.
Fundamentally English, even to naiv te, which con-
trasts oddly with his vocation.    The man is really
high in authority as a London detective, considera-
bly above the Fields,  Buckets  and such.     I judge
him to be perfectly unscrupulous as to means to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page forty-one
Description:Describes Ledger.
Date:1860-02-03
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Billington; Boley, Susan; Cahill, Frank; Clothing and dress; Detectives; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.