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to be up to snuff generally, but that that dear little
creature who is so good and innocent that its a delight to look
at her, should be exposed to such contagion makes one s blood
boil!  I d as soon cut my hand off as wink at it were I of
kin to her.  Thomson must have a moral flaw in him to stand
it.   Sol is very savage with regard to Haney   as of course
the women got to talking of his remark about not wanting to meet
Allie.      In fact Sol, like the thorough fool he is, thinks that the
connection  twixt him and Allie will be permanent.  He d marry
her if he could, they say!  He don t dare to introduce her to his
own family, but will willingly taunt other honest folks.  Now
Allie, like her sister, is inherently a harlot.  She ll squeeze the
hands of his male friends behind his back and, I believe, is as
purchasable as the veriest drab that walks the streets.   See
the unguessable mischief that springs from such a connection.
If love could anyway sanctify or palliate adultery, it might
in Alf Waud s case.  I know he loves her and I think she
does him to the extent of her not particularly deep nature. I m
sure she s true to him and will be so.    But would I, if
God were to give me mine own true, earnest-hearted Han-
nah to wife, let her know  Mrs Alf Waud!    Not ignorantly
at all events.  I d tell her the truth of the connection and then
let her choose.   A man would be an ass to affect any impossi-
bly high moral standard in judging his intimates    nobody
expects men to be moral  as Lola Montez said   but don t
let us help to make women as bad as ourselves.
  7. Sunday.  Out with Cahill for an hour in the morning.
Incidentally I have found out how he split with his cousin
Seymour.  He read me a bit of a letter he had written in reply
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page eighty-seven
Description:Regarding Allie Vernon and her sister Josey.
Date:1858-03-06
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Cahill, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Montez, Lola; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Thomson, Anna (""Chips""); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Vernon, Josey; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.