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             Bob has been humbugged.
Bob fuddling himself on my whiskey.   He
has been temperate during his sojourn in Cuba.
We went out subsequently at 10   for some-
thing to eat at the Optimus, when he let
out some few   but a few things   about his
employment.   He has come back as poor as he
went, but for experience and expense being
paid for him.      These were high; he had to
pay $4 a day for board.             He asserts the
 being employed by government  and  detective 
business story is literally untrue, half admit-
ting that the enterprises which Ledger enga-
ges in are undertaken on private speculation.
(This was confirmed by Cahill latterly.)    Bob
has evidently some distrust of Ledger s not
paying up handsomely, he questions the probabi-
lity of his return to the U.S.          Bob s trip
has evidently not proved a successful one.  He
returned with but two Spanish gold coins
in his pocket.    He apparently went under two
names in Havana, for he showed me his pass-
ports &c and a permit to go over the Moro,
in the latter of which was inserted his assu-
med name.      At the Post Office to-day he found
an immense batch of letters awaiting him, money,
amounting to $130 or more and instructions
(I have no doubt from Ledger) to come to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page seventy-four
Description:Regarding a talk with Bob Gun about the time in spent in Havana working for Ledger.
Date:1860-07-02
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Detectives; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Havana, Cuba
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.