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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 134, April 28-30, 1858

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Identifier: DX03528123

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 134, April 28-30, 1858

Description: Mentions the feud between John Darcy and Bernard Ullmann.

Transcription:

backer is a more dangerous scoundrel, the more so that he [George Wilkes] is clever. He has a sort of Jonathan Wild connexion with the police in past years, edited a "Police Gazette" devoted to criminal news, lives of forgers, thieves and prostitutes, and got extensively involved in the notorious "torpedo" case which formed a notable chapter of New York villanies, including forgery, "stool-pigeoning," theft, and an attempt at murder by means of an infernal machine. Then he went to California. He "has his crowd" of hangers-on or fighting men, who'd do bravo work at a word or a nod. It may be the knowledge of this that deterred [Fitz James] O’Brien from any attempts at retaliating his licking — though I think O'B would have "let it slide" without.

29. Thursday. Down town early to Harper's. Took notions to [John] Bonner — four — they were good ones, above the average, but none of them were accepted. Back to Phonography. Wrote letter to [William] Boutcher. This and Phonography the rest of the day. [William] Leslie up in my room at night.

30. Friday. In doors all the morning. Phonography and writing. The day oppressively close. Horribly lethargic, so that I could only keep awake by continual washing face. Down town to the Post Office in the afternoon. Promise in the atmosphere of a storm which didn't come off. To the new Pic Office — a big room back second floor in Spruce St. Up town with [Robert] Gun. He and Leslie in my room at night. Leslie talking of the "Scottish American Journal," of Finlay and Latto — and of himself with that abominable minuteness of ta detail of trivial incidents which [Jonathan] Swift has attributed to his countrymen. Most men of little culture are guilty of this. It was very dreary. I took refuge in scissorization and silence. Altogether a very

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-04-28

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Publishers and publishing
Scots
Authors
Crime
Diaries
Police

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