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	      About  Dectectives. 
antecedents.      Ledger himself has  3,000
a year; the man is, indeed, one of the highest
of his vocation, if not the highest.   Certainly he
is chief here, has no end of silent, secret,
subordinates under his control, going about their
strange labors day after day, getting their ins-
tructions from him.       Their business lies with
defaulters, men who have perpetrated heavy
pecuniary offences in Great Britain, not murder-
ers and such coarser game.           Their victims
are rather cajoled to return than anything else;
international law not providing for the arrest
of criminals of this sort.      They are told that
friends  have made it all right,  they d better go
back &c., the Detective using all his information 
to induce that result, generally in the mask of
friendship, which in some cases is worn for
months; aye, years.        In fact, as written, it
is organized Judas Iscariotism; Jonathan
Wild redivisons, only sworn in as the defender
of property; the unrecognized, nameless ally
of the Law; Cunning waging a sly, merciless,
unscrupulous war against Dishonesty; the
Necessary Evil of legislature, work which has
to be done but which honors not the doer,  
which demands a sacrifice of the whole man, even
to the exercise of his vices, all to conduce one
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and twenty-five
Description:Regarding Arthur Ledger's work as a detective.
Date:1860-03-28
Subject:Detectives; 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.