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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 125, March 28, 1860

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Identifier: DX02916426

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 125, March 28, 1860

Description: Regarding Arthur Ledger's work as a detective.



About “Dectectives.”

antecedents. [Arthur] Ledger himself has £3,000 a year; the man is, indeed, one of the highest of his vocation, if not the highest. Certainly he is chief here, has no end of silent, secret, subordinates under his control, going about their strange labors day after day, getting their instructions from him. Their business lies with defaulters, men who have perpetrated heavy pecuniary offences in Great Britain, not murderers and such coarser game. Their victims are rather cajoled to return than anything else; international law not providing for the arrest of criminals of this sort. They are told that friends “have made it all right,” they’d better go back &c., the Detective using all his information to induce that result, generally in the mask of friendship, which in some cases is worn for months; aye, years. In fact, as written, it is organized Judas Iscariotism; Jonathan Wild redivivers[?], only sworn in as the defender of property; the unrecognized, nameless ally of the Law; Cunning waging a sly, merciless, unscrupulous war against Dishonesty; the Necessary Evil of legislature, work which has to be done but which honors not the doer, — which demands a sacrifice of the whole man, even to the exercise of his vices, all to conduce one

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-03-28

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Detectives


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