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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 127, March 28, 1860

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Identifier: DX02917954

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 127, March 28, 1860

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



About his [Arthur Ledger’s] sham-calling.

scribbling, impoverished element he [Arthur Ledger] has been struggling in for the last four years — to larceny-hunting. How curious it all is! The advent of this singular man, his domicialiation [sic] in this house, Bob Gun’s secret impressment, now [Frank] Cahill’s! my engagement to write his biography! I opine he may have come here to study Gun and Cahill’s characters, as much as from preference for our free and easy regime which I know suits his taste far more than that of a hotel — he has gone to the Everett, I’m pretty sure, for some business motive. A shrewd, long-headed man this Ledger! yet he is approbatively communicative when in liquor, and did not show overmuch astuteness in confiding his vocation &c., to Bob Gun. For Gun, when tipsy, told it to me, and I might have been a babbler. At that same time, at Christmas, Ledger away in Canada, Gun admitted he had been left in charge “to look after a fellow” adding he didn’t like the business and was “half a mind,” if he met the said “fellow” to give him a hint to get out of the way! it seemed such a d____d shame to get into a poor devil’s confidence and then betray him! He hadn’t taken any trouble in the matter, he said, and shouldn’t,

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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