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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 20, November 25-27, 1858

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Identifier: DX03231454

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 20, November 25-27, 1858

Description: Regarding Jesse Haney's visit to Sing-Sing prison and seeing John B. Holmes there.

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office where [John B.] Holmes was kept at some clerkish employment, though I know he is a villain — one of the impulsive, sanguine, approbative, cruel, intensely-Irish order. He told me once, how he had committed a rape upon a defenseless Irish girl, whom he encountered on a road — this in his own country. He was a Mitchelite in patriotism, a brutally-pro-slavery man in politics. Were he at liberty, his life wouldn't be a harmless one. But fifteen years of prison — what an entertainment! For a man of his temperament it must be especially terrible. He was accustomed to indulge all his appetites and had no intellectual resources. Some prison functionary informed [Jesse] Haney that the extent of Holmes' sentence was inflicted as a matter of personal and political animosity, Holmes having opposed Fernando Wood and his party. Haney saw, too, among another prisoners, the man who was sentenced to 40 years confinement for a garrote robbery. This punishment was inflicted by Judge Russell, who let off another offender, a political shoulder-hitter, charged with a brutal assault, with a month or so. Russell is a pet of the Herald, corrupt from hair to toenails. [George] Arnold told me how he was bribed into a decision in favor of the “Golden Prize” paper, apropos of the “gift enterprize” business. One of the proprietors “made Russell a present” of some note he held against him.

26. Friday. Non mi recordo and writing. Not well, anxious &c. Did drawing on wood — gratuitous.

27. Saturday. Did another drawing then down

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-11-25

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Rape
Prisons
Judges
Artists
Bribery
Crime
Diaries
Irish
Prisoners

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