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	   Little Maguire s stories
more than ordinarily obtuse not to have done
so.)    He was  very angry  at the idea of her
calling there.         He was a  strange  man, a
 mysterious man,  but a  perfect gentleman,  and
had been  very kind  to her.        Did he make
love to her?    I asked, when she laughed and
replied, as before, that he  talked nonsense.   He
had written a farewell letter to her, stating he
might never see her again: she would show it to
me next time I called.            All this conversa-
tion occurred in a subdued tone, she sitting
beside me on a sofa; while Billington was tal-
king to Miss Waite, opposite; a third visitor,
a man, being present.        I should have learnt
a good deal more, had we been alone.         Evi-
dently Ledger had been playing amateur de-
tective at a great rate, and had he found
little Maguire other than she is, might have
attempted worse business   to do him justice,
however, I think the knowledge that she was
an honest girl would be sufficient to make
him respect her chastity.      I can t think him
at all a wily detective; he talked so freely
to every body that hardly a person who knew
him but has broached an opinion as to his cal-
ling.      When he drank to excess, as he often did,
he told stories of his doings which afforded the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page twenty-one
Description:Describes a talk with Miss Maguire about Ledger.
Date:1860-06-13
Subject:Billington; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Waite, Olive (Bragg); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.