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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 21, June 13, 1860

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Identifier: DX02679405

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 21, June 13, 1860

Description: Describes a talk with Sarah Maguire about Arthur Ledger.

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Little [Sarah] Maguire’s stories

more than ordinarily obtuse not to have done so.) He [Arthur Ledger] was “very angry” at the idea of her [Sarah Maguire] calling there. He was a “strange” man, a “mysterious man,” but a “perfect gentleman,” and had been “very kind” to her. Did he make love to her? I asked, when she laughed and replied, as before, that he “talked nonsense.” He had written a farewell letter to her, stating he might never see her again: she would show it to me next time I called. All this conversation occurred in a subdued tone, she sitting beside me on a sofa; while Billington was talking to Miss [Olive] Waite, opposite; a third visitor, a man, being present. I should have learnt a good deal more, had we been alone. Evidently Ledger had been playing amateur detective at a great rate, and had he found little Maguire other than she is, might have attempted worse business — to do him justice, however, I think the knowledge that she was an honest girl would be sufficient to make him respect her chastity. I can’t think him at all a wily detective; he talked so freely to every body that hardly a person who knew him but has broached an opinion as to his calling. When he drank to excess, as he often did, he told stories of his doings which afforded the

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1860-06-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Detectives
Diaries
Women
Courtship

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