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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 180, December 19, 1859

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Identifier: DX03159521

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 180, December 19, 1859

Description: Regarding Patrick Beckett Bellew and the death of J. Barnabas Campau.



went out with [Frank] Cahill and [Bob] Gun to visit [Arthur] Ledger. A queer, red-faced Englishman that last, one of his eyes, as Cahill says, constructed on the revolving light principle. Has been in the Spanish Americas and where not; goes in a day or two to Toronto. That Becket (or rather Patrick Bellew, which was his real name) that stalwart, masculine, demi-civilized, ex-Australian pugilistic, pipe-smoking, rat-and-terrier-loving, abrupt-speaking ex-overseer of Central-park laborers, he who risked a fight with Aaron Jones the pugilist by insulting him at Crook and Duffs, Bellew being drunk at the time and Mort Thomson who knew Jones preventing the row; he who voted at the polls, having no earthly right to do so, and stuffed a handful of tickets into the ballot-box, the officials being too much afraid of him and his attendant crowd of Irish Central-park laborers, to remonstrate; he who got into fights about the docks and elsewhere — this young man has recently got married to a wealthy young-heiress in England. So [Frank] Bellew says. This Patrick was the first person who let out definitely, that Bellew himself was born in Ireland.

[newspaper clipping]

Body of Mr. Campau Found.

DETROIT, Monday, Dec. 19, 1859.

The body of J. Barnabas Campau, a prominent citizen, whose mysterious disappearance nearly three weeks ago caused great excitement, from the supposition of murder, was recovered from the river to-day, unmarked by violence, and with his watch and valuables left undisturbed.

[diary continued]

I am afraid this must be one of my companions in the Lake Superior trip; he who did

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-12-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Elections


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