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	Ledger humbugging Cahill
Cahill s occasional conferences with Ledger,
his coming home very tired, &c., and knowing
that but little of his time is spent in Haney s
office, as heretofore, had little doubt as to what
he is engaged in.   So, on chaffing him a
little, this morning, he made a three-quarters 
confession.    Ledger is trying his capacities as
a Detective, has put him on the scent of some-
body, perhaps as Cahill suspects, on a bogus
case, the individual he has to hunt up being
also a Detective.     Cahill hardly likes his new
avocation.     First, it is very fatiguing work,
he having to go hither and thither, to rise early,
to be on time and the moment in everything,
though with long intervals of waiting, perhaps
of hours together.   (Ledger deals in no whole
confidences but simply tells Cahill what to do,
from day to day, or at briefer periods.)    Then
it involves the exercise of every unscrupulous
art within the limits of the law, simulation
of character, of knowledge, of friendship for
the victim, lying and the like.       But Cahill
is poor, has no present career open to him
and, if found equal to his extraordinary trade,
will be well paid, will get  300 a year.
Ledger says he has written to headquarters in
England mentioning him   maybe to discover his
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and twenty-four
Description:Regarding detective Ledger putting Frank Cahill on a case.
Date:1860-03-28
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Ledger, Arthur
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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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.