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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 55, August 31, 1856

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Identifier: DX03667204

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 55, August 31, 1856

Description: Regarding John Watson's former relationship with Allie Vernon.

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Allie Vernon is belied by him — that [John] Watson never had intimacy with her. It might be so, and I think the poor girl has had a hard time of it; but I wouldn’t wager a bad cent on the chastity of a woman who has been divorced from her first husband, has flirted and been familiar with the hangers on of the low-weekly newspapers, and finally married (illegally) a man [Lemuel Covell] whom she don’t affect to like or esteem. I first saw Allie in the "Picayune" and "Lantern" offices, Josey [Winship] generally accompanying her. Then I thought her rather a free and easy, dressy, superficial, not bad sort of a girl, familiar enough, and accessible enough. She used to flirt with the donkey Price and, I think Bunnell didn't like it. Then she got intimate with Watson. I’d notice them hanging about the entry. [Thomas] Powell's sneaky boy [Dick Powell] used to make up to her, and once accompanied her to the Museum. [John] Brougham's (nominal) wife was jealous of her, in consequence of old Powell's gabbling. Once I saw her up in Watson's Broadway office, with other girls, when he was engaged in manufacturing valentines. (This business I believe he entered upon for no other reason than for its carnal facilities.) At this time, he says, he kept her as his mistress. I know she disappeared awhile, only old Alcock knowing her address — if indeed he knew. This might have been to keep out of Watson's way. She and Josey ap-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1856-08-31

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Women
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)

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