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     Miss Maguire s confidences about Ledger.
Found out the house and saw all the folks except
Mrs. B.      Talking with Miss Maguire about folks
and especially Ledger, gleaning some suggestive
items about him.       She knows his vocation, which
he half or wholly imparted to her, during his fre-
quent visits.      His last one was marked by his
presenting himself with a heavy package, or bundle,
on the great weight of which she commented, inqui-
ring why he didn t get a boy to carry it and idly
wishing its contents were gold, for his sake.   This
really proved to be the case; he having the weakness
or vanity to exhibit the piles of English sovereigns
therein to her.     Doubtles this was the money ta-
ken from the English criminal spoken of by Cahill,
which probably necessitated Ledger s sudden return
with it, under the expectation of a heavy douceur.
Ledger was very much opposed to little Maguire s
visiting Bleecker Street, telling her she had no 
friends there and speaking, indefinitely, against
particular individuals.       He came so frequently
to Barton s, not only in the evening, but during
the day-time, that his visits interfered with
her employment, and she had to tell him so.
He used to ask her many questions    foolish 
and  ridiculous  questions.   He  talked nonsense 
to her.       He knew that people suspected his em-
ployment at our house.        (They must have been
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page twenty
Description:Describes a talk with Miss Maguire about Ledger.
Date:1860-06-13
Subject:Barton; Barton, Mrs.; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, New York
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.