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                Ike Vermilye Dead.
Looking in at Webb and Co, once Wells
and Webb s and missing Ike, I inquired
about him.     Dead and buried in February
  died of consumption.  A queer, old, red-head-
ed, dry, outwardly crabbed dealer in box-wood
was Ike Vermilye, how familiar his appearance
was to me from the time when I first went
up to the then confined premises, ten years ago!
Abrupt and stubborn, rather unaccommodating
if urged out of his own liking, I used to have
rows with him at first, but we got on capitally
when I understood him; we used to interchange
jokes together.     He liked you.    they told me.
Died an old bachelor, worth money.        Had three
old maid sisters.       Had been crossed in love,
when young.     Wouldn t look at a woman   would
n t give one a civil answer.          Requiescat in
pace! crabbed purveyor of boxwood, twenty years
denizen of that workshop I know so well!         You
have found rest now.      I too, in good time.
  Some writing in the afternoon.      Was going out
in the evening when folks on rear leads called to
me, sat talking on window sill with Lizzie
Woodworth, took her out to Maillard s for ice-
cream, brought her back, went to Addey s.    I
don t think there ll be another  Momus  published.
To Bellews, there till 11/50 or later, a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page seventy
Description:Regarding the death of Ike Vermilye.
Date:1860-06-30
Subject:Addey; Bellew, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Momus.; Publishers and publishing; Vermilye, Ike; Woodward, Lizzie
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.