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	      Some Truth there was,
antecedents.    I have heard that he wrote thea-
trical pieces when in England.    My first know-
ledge of him occurred in 1853, when Glover
brought him to the  Picayune Office.   He  travel-
led  with  Thad  a good deal in those days,
and has been more or less intimate with him
ever since.   Together they visited Allie and Jo-
sey  Vernon,  and of them Watson deposes as fol-
lows.     I have no earthly doubt that he would
lie just as readily as he would thieve, borrow,
bilk a tavern-keeper or landlady of a board-
ing-house, but inasmuch as he has no induce-
ment to do so, in this instance   except perhaps 
vanity of a characteristically odious sort   and
as the particulars detailed are probable and
akin to what I know of the woman, I incline
to credence in them.   Allie Vernon s  maiden
name   she was a maid once   was Marga-
ret Winship.     She is a New Yorker born and
has two sisters.   Watson knows nothing of one
of these.   Allie got married to a man in decent
position, left him with some man and turned
adventuress.   I have chronicled enough incidentally
of her in the  Lantern  and  Picayune  days:
she wrote trashy prose and worse poetry for
all the rabblement of New York weeklies, haunt-
ing the editorial sanctums and eking out her
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and seventy-two
Description:Describes Frederick Watson's stories about Allie Vernon.
Date:1862-01-16
Subject:Glover, Thad; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Watson, Frederick; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post,"" boarding house life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
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.