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	     Scandal about Dickens
Encountered Bob Gun, waiting outside the
 Tribune  office for Wilbour   hoping for his assis-
tance to steer past the present breakers   then
back to Bleecker Street.        Did but little in
the afternoon, scribbling in the evening until
midnight and later.
  I have heard something to-day about a
man whom all the world loves, which one would fain
not believe.         From two sources, one Abrahams,
the other Ledger.       The first told it to Haney,
some days ago, and today I questioned him.
He professes that his family is intimate with
that of Charles Dickens , that he, himself,
went to school with Dickens  son.  He says
Dickens lives in criminal intimacy with his 
wife s sister, Miss Hogarth; that the two
families (Abrams & Dickens ) being at Broad-
stairs, the servants of the latter tattled about
it to those of the former.     That he, Abrahams
knew of the affair, some years before the ex-
plosion, which resulted in the separation bet-
ween Dickens and his wife.         That this
Miss Hogarth, who now lives in criminal
relationship with Dickens, is a very loveable
person, the original of Esther Summerson
in Bleak House, that Mrs Dickens is very
fat, not agreable; that there was all the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page seventy
Description:Regarding gossip that Charles Dickens is having an affair with his wife's sister.
Date:1860-02-20
Subject:Abrahams; Books and reading; Dickens, Catherine; Dickens, Charles; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hogarth, Georgina; Ledger, Arthur; Wilbour
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.