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fellows villanies never seem to produce more than
occasional arrests.    Forgery, theft, swindling, breach
crimes.   Banks used to visit him over in Jersey, con-
siderably, two years ago, knew his wife, says that
she begged him out of prison once, that he killed her
child (I think by neglect or the like) and that, finally,
the woman found a paramour, whom he, Banks, cau-
tioned her of, being himself interested in her.   Of
course his statements must be taken with allowance,
but he has no reason for flaming, here.    Allie Ver-
non, Banks says, used Watson as a tool to allow her
husband to get a divorce from her   sold  him com-
pletely.  He always assumed the injured party in spe-
aking of her while she painted him as a monster to
beguiled and begulled Sol.    In Watson s odious talk
about the drab, he let out the secret   the only one  
of her attractions to him, as, perhaps to Sol   physical
sensuality.  Yet she is, as Wood once designated her,
a  mere bag of bones.                       Manning, alias
Montgomery, alias O Mana is in New York again,
stopping at the New York Hotel.   Particulars from
Banks.   Says he s passing himself off as a man of
fortune on the look out for a wife   a young woman
with money or an old woman who will keep him as
man-mistress.    Is rather cut by the lady-boarders,
one happening to know him.   The villany he did
which necessitated his leaving New York was
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and sixty
Description:Regarding a talk with Banks about O'Mana, John Watson, and Allie Vernon.
Date:1859-03-28
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Coville; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Manning (O'Mana, Montgomery); Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Watson, John; Watson, John, Mrs.; Women; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.