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	Project about the great Fight.
  4.  Wednesday.  Ledger up awhile.   In
doors till 3, trying to draw &c, then out.   Met
Parton at Union Square and walked down town
with him, through the rain, which came on heav-
ier after we parted, he to go to the Masons .    To
P.O. &c; met Haney.       Writing in the evening
till 12.     Irruption from Billington and Morris,
from the former of whom I learnt that Bob Gun
had, during Ledger s Canadian absence, con-
fided the secret (!) of his vocation to Billington.
He and Morris evidently distrust its  truth and
of course I didn t enlighten them.         Advantage
of placing confidence in any man that gets drunk!
Here s Haney, Cahill, Morris, Billington and I
all know what at least only one needs to.  I sus-
pect Cahill has told Bellew, also.
  5.  Thursday.  Ledger up.  Talk of a project
of mine broached sometime back to Boweryem
and Morris, viz, getting up an anticipatory
account of the coming fight for the  championship 
and publishing it, a day or a few hours before
the arrival of the true news.     I had conference
with a printer of Boweryem s acquaintance,
who seemed disposed to go into it, but having
experienced a heavy loss recently, didn t, so the
thing was dropped.        Mentioning it to Ledger, he
liked the notion of simultaneously perpetrating
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Regarding his idea for an article.
Date:1860-04-04
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Billington; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Ledger, Arthur; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Parton, James
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.