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       The Murders for which Hicks suffered.
little after the Costigan manner, in which he
told us he had rayported the murder from the very
first, that he was opposed to capital punishment,
that he didn t see Hicks hanged, that he was for
having the laws executed and much more, dis-
cursive and iterative to a degree.       He was one
of your elderly, anxious-looking Irishmen, with
the national tendency to amplify and improve occa-
sions.      To complete the atrocious taste of the thing
somebody proposed three cheers and one actually was given, Rynders
checking the others, with a brief expression of obliga-
tion.          And we reached the city about 1, being
landed at the pier at which I had seen Bob Gun
off.              This Hicks was an unmitigated
villain and had been engaged in many murders.
Those for which he died were extremely horrible.
Engaging as a sloop  hand  on purpose, he killed
its captain and two boys with an axe, threw
their bodies over board, landed in a boat at Staten
Island, came to New York and was captured
within two days or so at Rhode Island, having
left trail all the way.      There s a so-called  Con-
fession  of his published, in which he claims to
have been engaged in a hundred murders   evidently
lies, exaggerations and melodramatic rot.   The
fellow couldn t write or read; Charley Gayler had
a hand in his  Confessionx.            Home, rather
	x Wrote it.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page ninety-nine
Description:Regarding the crime for which Albert Hicks was executed.
Date:1860-07-13
Subject:Campion; Crime; Executions; Gayler, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hicks, Albert W.; Journalism; Murder; Rynders, Isaiah
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.