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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 107, February 8, 1859

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Identifier: DX03287150

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 107, February 8, 1859

Description: Regarding Frank Bellew being charged for assault and battery of a debt collector.


he does, he [Frank Bellew]'ll blow his brains out! Man declared he must come again, when Bellew gives him a tremendous blow in the face and knocks him down, presently pitching into him awfully; holding him at arm's length by the hair and battering his face. The man, an Irishman, didn't defend himself, cried for pardon, said he'd never come again, finally got off. All this occurred in the little artistic room, Mrs [Catherine] Bellew being naturally alarmed and crying in the next. This version of the story I had from Campbell, a little half-artist, half messenger, Bellew employs, who was present during the row. He, clearly, considered the assault an unprovoked one. [Jesse] Haney and [Bob] Gun, getting their story from Bellew, told it differently — specially the latter, who asserted that the Irishman had insulted Mrs B. that he was "a great, big, cowardly fellow" (Campbell described him as of middle or small stature, pointing out one of the Pic printers as his counterpart), and much more. Bob Gun is influenced in opinion by the next man, his opinion's worth nothing; but little Campbell may be biassed too, for he said his father knew (I rather think had been employed by) Hendrickson's company. The Irishman had asserted that he recognized Campbell, but was afraid of his pitching into him, also! The case is to be tried tomorrow. I did not see Bellew. Got a note which has been lying for me at the Pic Office for a week or more. Two cards "Mrs Kate Whitelaw, 71 East 14th" with

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-02-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Irish
Assault and battery


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