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Allie Vernon is belied by him   that Watson never
had intimacy with her.          It might be so, and
I think the poor girl has had a hard time of it;
but I wouldn t wager a bad cent on the chastity
of a woman who has been divorced from her first
husband, has flirted and been familiar with the
hangers on of the low-weekly newspapers, and finally
married (illegally) a man whom she don t affect to
like or esteem.              I first saw Allie in the  Pica
yune  and  Lantern  offices, Josey generally accom-
panying her.      Then I thought her rather a free and
easy, dressy, superficial, not bad sort of a girl, fami-
liar enough, and accessible enough.      She used to flirt
with the donkey Price and, I think Bunnell didn t
like it.          Then she got intimate with Watson.  I d
notice them hanging about the entry.    Powell s sneaky
boy used to make up to her, and once accompanied
her to the Museum.        Brougham s (nominal) wife
was jealous of her, in consequence of old Powell s
gabbling.           Once I saw her up in Watson s
Broadway office, with other girls, when he was en-
gaged in manufacturing valentines.  (This business
I believe he entered upon for no other reason than
for its carnal facilities.)        At this time, he says,
he kept her as his mistress.              I know she dis-
appeared awhile, only old Alcock knowing here ad-
dress   if indeed he knew.     This might have been to
keep out of Watson s way.            She and Josey ap-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page fifty-five
Description:Regarding John Watson's supposed former relationship with Allie Vernon.
Date:1856-08-31
Subject:Alcock; Bunnell; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Powell, Dick; Powell, Thomas; Price; Robertson, Mrs. (Brougham); Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Vernon, Josey; Watson, John; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.