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	     Incidental Particulars
degree, from that demanded by a mere tem-
porary occasion.     He was seen subsequently
at Pfaff s by Bowman, observing whom, as
he descended the stairs, caret-bag in hand,
he turned and retraced his steps.        I saw
him, afterwards, at Crook and Duff s, I
am pretty sure, alone, taking a drink at the
bar, as I passed by the open door and, as
usual, glanced in.   It is conjectured that
he went off by the steamer Glasgow, which
sailed for Liverpool, at noon.     (There was
an Havana steamer which departed on the
same day, but I think Cuba an unlikely
destination for him.)   Ledger s quiet en-
shipment may have served him for a hint,
nor should I be surprised if he presented him-
self at Scotland Yard, to enquire for our
arch-detective, claiming payment for past ser-
vices (if Ledger didn t pay him) or employment.
That, I can ascertain.      Cahill s brief detective
experience, the unscrupulous things he had to
engage in, may have exhibited dishonesty
in an exciting, fascinating aspect; helped to
sap his always weak probity.      He has been
guilty of former acts of similar nature.      He
collected a bill of $20 or $30 for Mort
Thomson and applied the money to his won
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page twenty-nine
Description:Regarding Frank Cahill leaving for England with Mrs. Levison's money.
Date:1860-06-14
Subject:Bowman, Amos; Cahill, Frank; Detectives; Glasgow (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
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.