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        He and Bob Gun  tackle  Ledger.
How he met Bob Gun I don t remember, he
said something inferring that it was at the Syden-
ham palace.          He got Ledger s address at the
 Era  office and, in company with Gun visited
our mysterious acquaintance.   It was a cold day,
and at every public-house they passed, they had
a glass of something hot, so that when they arrived
Cahill was drunk.             He abused Ledger, cal-
led him a G_d__n swindler and wanted him
to come out and fight; Bob Gun interfering
and getting Cahill off.     He himself considered
he had cause for quarrel with Ledger, had had
a row with him previously.     Yet the acquaintance
does not seem to have terminated; Cahill was
at Ledger s house afterwards.       He says Led-
ger professed to be as poor as he was, showed
him a pawn-ticket for his watch, looked shab-
by and told him that the brokers were in the
house.    Ledger has a wife and six children.
Cahill opines that his story of his defunct Ame-
rican spouse is a lie, pronouncing Ledger the
most flagrantly wholesale of liars   asserting
that he lives, moves and has his being in an at-
mosphere of mendacity.   He is a rogue, a scoun-
drel, says Cahill, you can t say what he is
or isn t, anon declaring that he could tell me
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page forty-three
Description:Relates Frank Cahill's tale of his time in London.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Drunkenness; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Scan Date:2010-05-24


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.