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	      Ledger s lying Story
attain his ends, both from his conversation and
from stories reported by Cahill, who professes
to have suspected his real calling on a day or
two s acquaintance.     He s either a London
detective or engaged in the Slave Trade,  Cahill
had said to Bob Gun, and now he supposes
Ledger may have some questionable venture of
the latter sort in view.            Ledger never gets
more than chin-drunk, never losing command of
himself, but he does wax anecdotical and biogra-
phical and here are some of his stories as report-
ed by Cahill.       But first, let me put down
what I ve heard from Ledger s own mouth.
  He asserts that he is 39 years old, came of
good family, was sent to college at Tonbridge,
from where he ran away, twice, in disgust
at favoritism, manifest in a master preferring
his own son to himself (Ledger.)   Altercations
occurring at home, he ran off to sea with an
uncle, then engaged in conveying arms and mu-
nitions of war to Santa Anna in Mexico.  Ar-
rived near the Mexican coast, the vessel during
a storm ran against a French one, the boy,
his uncle and all but three sailors escaping by
jumping on to the French ship, their own sub-
sequently going to pieces.   Ledger who had the
helm, alighted among the ropes to the fore, near
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page forty-two
Description:Describes Ledger's tales about himself.
Date:1860-02-04
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Detectives; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur
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.