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vulturous-looking engraver is out of prison   Lord knows
how.    He called on Clarence Eytinge, saying that Sol had
threatened to shoot him, and inquiring if he meant it.    Twas
about Allie, of course, Sol being enraged at Watson s talking
about her.      Banks has shaken hands with Bellew, making
the advances himself.     He lives now at a French house in
Lispenard St, having left Stammer s.  Stammers  says
Banks  is, bai Jove, such a d____d old fool!  He heard a
devil of a row over head one night, went up stairs and
caught Banks in his red flannel shirt among the Biddies!
The Juanic Banks   in spectacles and a red shirt!   Stam-
mers didn t like it, so Banks left.       Wood talked of Sol s
domestic economy.   Allie, or Meg, as he now calls her, is
rather slatternly.       She don t wear her spectacles always, as
Sol don t like it.      She squanders his money in taking les-
sons in German   she did try French, but dropped it.   Sol
hasn t much conversation in him, lolls about occasionally
singing a bar or two of opera music, some times toying with
Allie.   So visitors find it very dreary.   Sol works pretty
hard, now, making $40 weekly.   Yet he never has much
money in pocket.    Probably gives it to Allie and she, like
a prudent creature, makes a little private purse for her-
self, in view of contingencies.         Writing to my mo-
ther, and other matters.             I have recently finished reading
Haydon s Autobiography.  A deeply interesting and painful
book.   You see the man s flaws plainly enough, but pity him
all the more for it.   I think the world is cruel in its judgment
of unsuccessful men.   Very well do I recollect that awful head
of Lazarus, of his painting, at the Pantheon.   I like Hay-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and seventeen
Description:Regarding Allie Vernon and Sol Eytinge.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Eytinge, Clarence; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haydon; Stammers; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Watson, John; Women; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Lispenard Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.