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	   By Ledger and Abrahams.
incompatibility of temper alluded to in his
published letters and more.          That he is very
 fast  generally, saves no money, has been again
and again in danger of arrest for debt.           That
ordinarily he is a silent observer, but can be,
of course, the most delightful of hosts and com-
panions.     That he writes principally at night.
His is a late house; you would go, says Abra-
hams, to it at noon and find the footman in
his morning dress, the breakfast or supper things
about.     Abrahams claims to have written from
Dickens  dictation.        The father (he asserts) with-
drew his son s name from the Garrick club, where
he had entered it, in consequence of the son s es-
pousing his mother s cause.        Thus Abrahams,
whom Cahill accuses of a certain weakness for
lying.       Now Ledger.     He speaks of the intimacy
between Dickens and his sister-in-law as
an accredited scandal, as of his general fastness
and extravagance.      He has seen him, dining
the meeting at Covent Garden or Drury Lane,
when Dickens alluded to Palmerston as the  comic
old gentleman.     He was then got up in a blue
coat with brass buttons, a double-breasted red-
velvet waistcoat, light striped casimere trou-
sers, a profusion of chains and rings and a
good deal of hair!                  That he commits
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page seventy-one
Description:Describes gossip about Charles Dickens heard from Abrahams and Ledger.
Subject:Abrahams; Cahill, Frank; Clothing and dress; Dickens, Catherine; Dickens, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hogarth, Georgina; Ledger, Arthur
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.