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	    About his sham-calling.
scribbling, impoverished element he has been
struggling in for the last four years   to
larceny-hunting.     How curious it all is!
The advent of this singular man, his domi-
cialiation in this house, Bob Gun s secret im-
pressment, now Cahill s! my engagement to
write his biography!      I opine he may have
come here to study Gun and Cahill s charac-
ters, as much as from preference for our free
and easy regime which I know suits his taste
far more than that of a hotel   he has gone
to the Everett, Im pretty sure, for some busi-
ness motive.        A shrewd, long-headed man
this Ledger! yet he is approbatively communi-
cative when in liquor, and did not show
overmuch astuteness in confiding his vocation
&c., to Bob Gun.     For Gun, when tipsy, told
it to me, and I might have been a babbler.
At that same time, at Christmas, Ledger
away in Canada, Gun admitted he had been
left in charge  to look after a fellow  adding
he didn t like the business and was  half a mind, 
if he met the said  fellow  to give him a hint
to get out of the way! it seemed such a
d____d shame to get into a poor devil s confidence
and then betray him!      He hadn t taken any
trouble in the matter, he said, and shouldn t,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Regarding Arthur Ledger's work as a detective.
Date:1860-03-28
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Detectives; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler
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.