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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 42, February 4, 1860

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Identifier: DX02853396

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 42, February 4, 1860

Description: Describes Arthur Ledger's tales about himself.


[Arthur] Ledger’s lying Story

attain his [Arthur Ledger’s] ends, both from his conversation and from stories reported by [Frank] Cahill, who professes to have suspected his real calling on a day or two’s acquaintance. “He’s either a London detective or engaged in the Slave Trade,” Cahill had said to Bob Gun, and now he supposes Ledger may have some questionable venture of the latter sort in view. Ledger never gets more than chin-drunk, never losing command of himself, but he does wax anecdotical and biographical and here are some of his stories as reported by Cahill. But first, let me put down what I’ve heard from Ledger’s own mouth.

He asserts that he is 39 years old, came of good family, was sent to college at Tonbridge, from where he ran away, twice, in disgust at favoritism, manifest in a master preferring his own son to himself (Ledger.) Altercations occurring at home, he ran off to sea with an uncle, then engaged in conveying arms and munitions of war to Santa Anna in Mexico. Arrived near the Mexican coast, the vessel during a storm ran against a French one, the boy, his uncle and all but three sailors escaping by jumping on to the French ship, their own subsequently going to pieces. Ledger who had the helm, alighted among the ropes to the fore, near

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-02-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Detectives


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