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now, occupying my old room, I the one adjoining.
Sol Eytinge has taken a little house in Brooklyn,
where he lives with  Allie Vernon  as his concubine.
His brother, young Clarence knows of the affair, as
he met me in Broadway and began talking of it.
Alf Waud doesn t write to me.       Dillon has sent
me a letter.         Mrs Jewell and her daughter have
left Greene Street, and gone to the country, near
Yonkers.             I visit M. and Madame Andriotti
occasionally.  The ex-Miss Church is very jolly indeed,
and fetched cigars that I might sit smoking in the
balcony with her husband, last Sunday evening.  Divers
Cuban boarders were there, and some young ladies  
one a very plump bare-armed one.           We have no new
boarders in our house as yet, it being more than half-
empty, and the painters yet at work.                I ve been
reading Kingley s noble story  Two Years Ago  and am
now at Mrs Gaskell s life of Charlotte Bront .      Fos-
ter is here still, going up the Hudson to wife and
family on Saturdays, to return on Mondays. 
He and Leslie antagonize, inevitably.     If the former
were left behind to secure the latter as a brother-in-
law, it was a beautiful bit of stupidity, as he has
just done as much involuntarily mischief to the (impro-
bable) match, as might be effected.    
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and eighty-three
Description:Mentions that Sol Eytinge is living with Allie Vernon in Brooklyn.
Date:1857-05-31
Subject:Andreotti; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Eytinge, Clarence; Eytinge, Solomon; Foster; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Leslie, William; Mapother, Dillon; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Greene 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.