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    Especially for Christopher T. D'George.

    D'Unger ( 1825-1908 ) was a quack as Chris may care to discuss at some point. D'Unger has a connection to Philadelphia at the same time the two other quacks, Buchanan and Tumblety,were in Philadelphia.

    Philadelphia Inquirer
    October 30th, 1898
    Page 4



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      Part Two

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        The guy had one of the early phones. His phone number was 4

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          The above was in a book The History of Philadelphia ( 1884).

          Not sure if its the same man.

          Nor am I sure if this guy ( D'Unger would have been 40 years old at the time of this article...chasing a 15 year old girl around...oy...) is the same dude.

          Philadelphia Inquirer
          July 20,1865
          Page 3

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            This D'Unger above is the man....

            He was 29 when he wrote the American Continent ( Sadly unavailable so far in my trawling....)
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            • #7
              I get the same feeling when I read about this guy in the way that I get when I think of D'Onston.

              Thanks to Christopher T. D'George for letting us know about him.
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              • #8
                Hi Howard

                Yes much as that other Robert D', so often discussed on these boards, Robert D'Unger had an equally fantastical career, claimed various things about himself, and landed up in the press time and again.

                Dr Robert D'Unger (1825-1908) was variously a quack doctor or herbalist much like Tumblety, a newspaper owner, and an inventor. He claimed that his family could be traced to thirteenth century Bavaria and that he was a descendant of Henri der Unger, a follower of Calvin and a supporter of Henry of Navarre (Henry IV of France) and that his paternal grandfather, another Henri D'Unger accompanied De Kalb and Lafayette to America in 1777. It would seem though that much as D'Onston's life and accomplishments were concocted the same was true of D'Unger. For example, I think he began life either in Maryland or southern Pennsylvania as plain old Robert D. Unger.

                I first knew about D'Unger from the following article published back in 1993 about the time I was publishing my first War of 1812 research in the Maryland Historical Magazine (MHM): John E. Reilly,"Robert D'Unger and His Reminiscences of Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore," MHM 88 (Spring 1993), 60-92. In a letter to the editor of the MHM I challenged the veracity of D'Unger's story because so much about the man seemed mocked up, so why should we trust whatever he had to say about his meetings with Poe? D'Unger in a letter to Chevalier Reynolds of 1899 claimed to have met Poe numerous times in Baltimore in the late 1840's before the poet's October 1849 death in the city -- but the documented times the writer visited Baltimore in 1846-1849 don't seem to correspond with D'Unger's claims.

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                • #9
                  I have not so far been able to establish the precise nature of this blackmail case, from the Daily Inter Ocean May 11th and 21st 1881.


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                  • #10
                    Not sure if D'Unger was involved in this case or not. March 9th 1883 Daily Journal (Milwaukee).

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                    • #11
                      Yes, it was him. Milwaukee Sentinel March 18th 1883

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                      • #12
                        Backtracking now to May 10th 1881, St Louis Globe-Democrat.

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                        • #13
                          Hi Howard and Robert

                          You have both been digging up some marvellous stuff about Dr Robert D'Unger and I really thank you.

                          Here are two articles from 1879 New Zealand newspapers about D'Unger's claims to have cured more than 2,800 people of drunkenness with doses of a potion made of Red Peruvian Bark (Chinchona Rubra):

                          ABSOLUTE CURE OF THE LONGING FOR LIQUOR

                          DRUNKENNESS CURED

                          Chris
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                          • #14
                            Chris, this article looks as though it was going to be a hatchet job, but unfortunately to read the whole thing requires a payment :

                            http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/summary/VIII/4/100

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                            • #15
                              How, here's that book.

                              http://www.archive.org/details/americancontinen00dung

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