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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 189, December 25, 1859

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Identifier: DX03166678

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 189, December 25, 1859

Description: Regarding Bob Gun's tales of Arthur Ledger, a London detective.



of a large number of delinquents from justice, [Robert] Gun says twenty or more. He reports also that [Arthur] Ledger has that number of men under his control as satellites and spies; represents him indeed as an important person generally. The name is fictitious, of course, and Gun hints at mystery with respect to the "revolving eye." He accompanied Ledger on a thief-catching expedition to Elizabethtown, some five or six weeks back. They went to a ball where Ledger "stood" drinks to everybody, got his destined victim playing billiards, made him drunk and carried him off to New York by rail, returning to fetch Gun whom he had left in a drunken sleep. Gun had the curiosity to attend the departure of next day’s steamer for England, when he saw the "fellow" go aboard, Ledger having effectually convinced him that he had no other alternative. In order to obtain intelligence of another offender, I think a forger, Ledger went to a boarding-house where the man’s mistress lived, got intimate with her, took her out for an excursion to Greenwood, got all the information he needed — and something that was not information. A very quiet, undemonstrative man, this Ledger, but gets drunk occasionally, and is then pugilistic. He wanted to fight George Arnold one night, at Howell's, Bob Gun and young Frank Wood being present. / Re-

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-12-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Detectives
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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