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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 43, February 4, 1860

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Identifier: DX02854151

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 43, February 4, 1860

Description: Describes Arthur Ledger's tales about himself.


About Himself.

the dolphin-striker, where he [Arthur Ledger] was dipped some fifteen feet under water until rescued by the French sailors, who lowered lanterns, to ascertain if their ship had sustained damage. He and his comrades were set to work pumping almost immediately, and on arriving at a Mexican port at once incarcerated in prison, Santa Anna’s star being under a cloud. While thus a Mexican of position and wealth, took a fancy to the boy Ledger, got him bailed out and received him into his family, where he was made so much of that on Santa Anna’s fortunes effecting the release of his uncle and comrades, he didn’t want to return to England. “I had long curly hair” he says, “was a devilish deal better looking than I’ve ever been since and the girls were precious fond of me.” Too much so in fact, for his Mexican benefactor caught him in flagrante delicto with one of his daughters, hence he had to fly. After other adventures, rambling hither and thither, enlistment and desertion in and from the Mexican army, an English consul sent him home, per force to his relatives. From thence he accompanied his uncle in a voyage up the Mediteranean.

Here, for the present, I must end his personal reminiscences, expecting to extract more anon.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-02-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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