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	              In Havana.
 Ledger  in the  Herald  from  Constant,  the
last one stating that she  has received the long-
looked-for, welcome letter and, if true, expect-
ed to see him soon.        (These advertise-
ments emanated from a German woman, who had
been mistress to some rogue, who was hunted
down by Ledger,   the woman he took to Green-
wood, as heretofore chronicled.  Cahill has visit-
ed her since Ledger s departure.)            Bob Gun
has  had the (?) fever slightly,  the unhealthy
season is about commencing, the yellow fever
is beginning to show itself, and he instances
cases.         He regrets that the bogus account of the
fight published wasn t of Ledger s and my
originating.     (It netted a good deal of money.)
He describes the abortive fight between two dogs
and a panther, when the dogs wouldn t attack
the wild beast, but fit one another  like fury, 
the panther  looking on and evidently enjoying the
fun,  and an equally unsatisfactory contest
between a hyena and a dog in which the lat-
ter proved a thorough craven, doing nothing
but p___ing and barking!     He has witnessed
a bull-fight in which 7 bulls and 2 horses were
killed and one man hurt in the head, being
run over by a bull.    He has risen at 5 for
upwards of ten mornings to witness the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page two hundred and thirty-two
Description:Describes a letter from Bob Gun, written in Havana.
Date:1860-05-30
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Dogs; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur
Coverage (City/State):Havana, [Cuba]
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.