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	            About Himself.
the dolphin-striker, where he was dipped some
fifteen feet under water until rescued by the
French sailors, who lowered lanterns, to ascertain
if their ship had sustained damage.          He and
his comrades were set to work pumping almost
immediately, and on arriving at a Mexican
port at once incarcerated in prison, Santa
Anna s star being under a cloud.   While thus
a Mexican of position and wealth, took a fancy
to the boy Ledger, got him bailed out and recei-
ved him into his family, where he was made
so much of that on Santa Anna s fortunes ef-
fecting the release of his uncle and comrades, he
didn t want to return to England.             I had long
curly hair  he says,  was a devilish deal better
looking than I ve ever been since and the girls
were precious fond of me.        Too much so in
fact, for his Mexican benefactor caught him
in flagrante delicto with one of his daughters,
hence he had to fly.       After other adventures,
rambling hither and thither, enlistment and
desertion in and from the Mexican army, an
English consul sent him home, per force to his
relatives.        From thence he accompanied his
uncle in a voyage up the Mediteranean.
  Here, for the present, I must end his perso-
nal reminiscences, expecting to extract more anon.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page forty-three
Description:Describes Ledger's tales about himself.
Date:1860-02-04
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Mexican War
Coverage (City/State):Mexico
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.