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from thence crossing to Brooklyn.  Stayed at Parton s all
night, sleeping on the sofa in Jim s room.
  19.  Friday. A true summer day.  Called at Thomson s,
seeing him and  Chips.  Mort spake of the break off with Eytinge s
womankind.   Allie, calling had been treated civilly and coldly,
so she wrote a note demanding the reason.  As on a previous visit
she had dropped some hints of her position, saying she  had been unfor-
tunate,  but she  believed her heart was in the right place  &c  
Mrs Thoson availed herself of this, said inquiries had ensued
with a result &c, regretted &c   so the matter s ended.   I think
Mort must have known Allie s position, as Haney told him of it posi-
tively.   But, probably, he let his wife and mother drift into the inti-
macy before he had expected it.   Sol thought he winked at it.
  Return to New York.  Swinton called in the afternoon.   Wanted
to borrow money to make up taxes.   Spake of Banks having
owed him $10 or so for a year and a half   can t get it of
him.  Also he spake of Leslie (Frank), his dodges and difficul-
ties.  How the steam was cut off, once, stopping all his presses,
because he hadn t paid up.    Wurzbach is working for Leslie.
  Apropos of another, and a very different Leslie.  He has retur-
ned from Philadelphia an  engaged  man, and now writes
letters to Miss Bella Farr every alternate day!   studying them
out, too, at great cost of time and brain labor nocturnally.
  20.  Saturday.  Down town, Leslie s, Pic Offices &c.   Met
Wurzbach and Banks returning. Somehow they re a couple who
seem to suit each other. Wurzbach with his odd, indefinite nature
  a little flawed, mentally, I think   likes to have somebody to
talk to him, and though he blazes into rage occasionally at Banks
insolent brutalities, he finds satisfaction, on the whole in listening
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and three
Description:Regarding the break-off in friendship between Mort Thomson's wife and Allie Vernon.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Eytinge, Solomon; Farr, Bella; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, Frank; Leslie, William; Parton, James; Publishers and publishing; Swinton, Alfred; Thomson, Anna (""Chips""); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Women; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
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.