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	            About Ledger.
clue.    I foresaw, when he came to the house,
that he would attach himself to little Maguire,
and was just a trifle uneasy about it, having
heard stories of his unscrupulousness with regard 
to women, from Cahill.       I knew he spent money
freely, and had an abundance of idle time; that
she was poor and not too industrious.     So I told
her a jesting story about his being a Mormon el-
der, and rallied her on the prospect of becoming
his seventh wife!    She didn t credit it, but was
a trifle suspicious; she hesitated, even, about going
to the theatre with him, till I told her I thought
she could take care of herself   which she has
done, pretty satisfactorily.               Dropped Bil-
lington (who wanted me to take him to the
house opposite our Bleecker Street one, to intro-
duce him to Groves and Barton [word crossed out],) and
went to Bellew s.        There it appeared that Ca-
hill didn t pay Bellew or the engravers on Sat-
urday, which proceeding has an ominous look.
I went home suspecting what the event proved
had happened, but resolved not to hint my
suspicions to anybody.
  14.  Wednesday.  Writing.   A letter from
Hannah.   Poor Charlotte s little baby is dead; her
mother s infection of the eyes, better.    My brother
Charley  has taken a house at Chigwell, a snug,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page twenty-two
Description:Regarding his memories of Ledger.
Date:1860-06-14
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bennett, Charlotte (Gazey); Bennett, Hannah; Billington; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Charles; 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.