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	           Ledger s Lies
result.    (Ledger has told Cahill that he will
have to get drunk, but never to let the liquor
loosen his tongue, save as governed by pre-thought
over design! That the art of arts is to seem
hugely communicative, yet be really close as
though his teeth made a dungeon of his tongue.)
Cahill has, had, in this his probation, to 
visit  and introduce himself to a woman, to
affect knowledge and intimacy of this and that,
to attend a cock-fight, to make love to a ser-
vant girl!         He believes Ledger has a per-
fect knowledge of all his proceedings, that
he is trying him, in fact, as is likely enough.
Perhaps Ledger left this house in considera-
tion of it being inadvisable that he should
be seen living with his new recruit; for this
secret brotherhood are, in public, perfect and
persistent strangers to each other.      A man
will apply to Ledger for a light to a cigar in
the street, during the obtaining of which he
will receive instructions.       The Canadian
Friends of Ledger s, Cahill had to speak fami-
liarly of, over our supper table, describing their
appearance   this he did according to his chief s
directions   he had never seen the men!         Cer-
tianly a queer transition for Cahill!  From
literature, if so it may be called, this shifty,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and twenty-six
Description:Regarding Arthur Ledger's work as a detective.
Date:1860-03-28
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; 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.