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divorce from her.     I believe he is a green young man
who was put into business by friends or relatives, and made
a comparative failure, whereupon Allie   like a true New
York woman   despised him.        They took a handsome
house in Bleecker Street, and let rooms, but were
swindled by their lodgers   so Allie said.          So
Sol Eytinge is Watson s successor   ehen?     I will, here,
put down what I know of him, having promised myself
heretofore to pen-photograph him.     Personally he s a tall,
handsome fellow, with an acquiline nose, brown hair, pretty
clear complexion, no beard or whisker, and but a hint
of moustache   despite assiduous cultivation.   His forehead
is not high but broadish, and when he s  knocked    (sub-
ject to the blues or recovering from a debauch) he looks
as though he s none.   (I recollect W Waud, in one of their
slanging bouts calling him a  b__y cat-headed b___ .)   He
has extraordinary ability with his pencil, but is an in-
[word crossed out] corrigible loafer and spendthrift.  He makes in-
numerable unfinished sketches, hates little details, and
will crimp anybody to whiten blocks for him   enduring
a bad facing rather than do a better himself.   He
has a great liking for opera music, which he imitates
vocally, having a very fine voice.      He has a constant
craving for excitement, has lived very fast and drank
himself at one period into delirium tremens.     This
followed his separation from an educated and accomplished
woman, with whom he had an adulterous intimacy  
which affair,   judging from Alf Waud s few details
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page sixty-six
Description:Describes Sol Eytinge's appearance and characteristics.
Date:1856-09-16
Subject:Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Watson, John; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.