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         Bob Gun horribly humbugged.
Gun declare that Ledger set them on imprac-
ticable fool s errands when in this country;
Bob was without money in Cuba, sick and
almost desperate, half-inclined to commit a
robbery on the highway in order to relieve
himself.   But for the goodnature of his land-
lady, he might have been imprisoned.      Led-
ger seems to have broken off communication
with him; how he obtained money to return
to New York I don t know, perhaps from
Scotland.      He kept all this to himself, though,
nor does Cahill know, now, what his business
really was in Cuba.         Ledger made him take
 a solemn oath  of secrecy, which in spite
of his dissatisfaction with that mysterious cy-
clops, he declares he will observe.        Cahill
stayed till midnight, got Larason s address
and departed.
  3.  Wednesday.   A letter from Cobb. Wri-
ting all the morning; Morris up for five minu-
tes.    Down-town by 4  , passed Sally and
Eliza, met Nicholson and, in the park Nicho-
las and Jack Crockett, who told me that Ha-
ney had gone home indisposed.  Nicholas himself
didn t look well, is troubled with a boil.    After
a drink at Crook and Duff s we parted.    They
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page fifty-five
Description:Regarding Bob Gun's detective work for Ledger in Cuba.
Date:1861-04-02
Subject:Cobb, Myron H.; Crockett, John; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Larason; Ledger, Arthur; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Nicholas, John G.W.; Nicholson; Private investigators
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Cuba
Scan Date:2010-05-24

 

Volume
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.