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  21. Sunday.    In doors, reading, all the dull
wet day.    To Chapin s at night.
  22.  Monday.     A letter from Alf Waud.   He
not surprised at Sol s escapade as Will  had posted
him on the existing state of affairs, his principal ob-
ject in clearing out from New York being to avoid the
catastrophe.    He was only uncertain whether it would
be Sol or Haney, but it appears Sol has cut our
dark friend out.       He indignantly denies the sister
business and says he resisted temptation.       Ahem!
So Haney s tarred with the same brush too.  /   Wrote
answer to Alf.         Down town in the afternoon, met
Welden in Broadway and (rather) in liquor.      He told
me he was acting as amateur thief catcher, spake mys-
teriously of a dishonest piano forte maker, of whom
he was going to buy an instrument anon for detective
purposes.         Also he assured me, gravely enough, that
he had a presentment he shouldn t live to see the New 
Year.        To Express Office and sent off blocks to
Boston.       Returning after other calls met Wood,
and heard details of Sol s escapade.    Allie was re-
cognizable by somebody at Rathburn s Hotel, Brooklyn,
who, probably, informed Covill.   The twain had register-
ed themselves as  Mr Eytinge and lady.     Wood went
over to pay their bill, amounting to $20.       The
Thursday evening proved an eventful one for Sol.
As I was journeying up the Sixth Avenue, his mother
was on the way to Bleecker Street,   under the mis-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page seventy-five
Description:Regarding a talk with John A. Wood about the circumstances of Allie Vernon being discovered in Brooklyn.
Subject:Coville; Detectives; Eytinge, Mrs.; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Vernon, Josey; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Welden, Charles; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Broadway; Sixth Avenue
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.