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         Ledger s Lies about little Maguire.
from America.     The paid had a little quarrel
on the bridal night, when Bob got a little tipsy,
and on his wife s declaring that the wedding wasn t
consummated yet, threatened, amiably, to  spank 
her.            A revelation about Ledger: He told
Cahill when in New York, that he had succeeded
in effecting the object with which he cultivated
intimacy with little Sarah Louisa Maguire, in
the course of a pleasure-excursion to Harlem.
He believed that he was not the first who had had
the same relations with her.      He gave her a dress,
a bonnet and other things, took her to theatres &c.  The
girl, says Cahill, was artful enough; she used to
leave this house in her ordinary attire, as if going to
work, dress herself in her finest at the Bartow s, and
then off with Ledger.    He may have promised her
marriage, for she was utterly unscrupulous, and he
always ignored the existence of his wife in England.
He suspected the Bartows of an intention to catch
him in flagrante delicto at their house, for the pur-
pose of extorting money from him and entertained
appropriately odious ideas of their disrespectability.
It was from him that Cahill derived the story
of Morris  attempt on Miss Maguire; she told
Ledger.     He obtained, too, an edifying story of
Miss Waite s having a child down east.          All
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page seventy
Description:Regarding the alleged relationship between Ledger and Miss Maguire.
Date:1861-04-09
Subject:Bartow; Bartow, Mrs.; Bourne, Bertha Frances Blake (Gun); Cahill, Frank; Clothing and dress; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Ledger, Arthur, Mrs.; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Marriage; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Waite, Olive (Bragg); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.