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Haney this evening, he mentioned that he had
seen, in an English paper, an account of the
application of one Alcock, an ex-British sol-
dier, to a magistrate in London, for relief;
he having lived in New Orleans.   This is, un-
doubtedly, the old boy once employed on the
 Picayune,  whom Haney superseded.  Dick
Hutchings told me, some years ago, that he had
got the old man a berth, I think as city-
editor, on the New Orleans  Delta.   Alcock
was an Irishman who had been at Gibraltar,
a well-intentioned old boy; an ass, I m af-
raid, who wrote poorly enough and whom Joe
Scoville professed to have discovered in a gar-
ret in Antony Street, near the Five Points.
He introduced him to the  Picayune,  in the
Hutchings and Woodward days.    I fear the
old boy rather chuckled over and was a sort
of left-handed Sir Pandarus of Troy to Dick
Hutchings  promiscuous copulations.   He knew
Allie Vernon, too, and affected a great mys-
tery about keeping her address secret from the
vulturous w Watson, father of the little bas-
tard now adopted by Sol Eytinge.  Bye the
way, the other Watson, the little, low cockney,
talks of his having been as deep in Allie s favor
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page two hundred and thirty
Description:Regarding Alcock.
Subject:Alcock; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hutchings, Dick; Scoville, Joe; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Watson, Frederick; Watson, John; Woodward
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Anthony Street
Scan Date:2010-06-08


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.