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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 69, September 17-18, 1856

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Identifier: DX03679201

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 69, September 17-18, 1856

Description: Regarding the conversation in his boarding house after Sol Eytinge ran off with Allie Vernon, Mr. Covill's wife.


then to cash up from commencement. Return drawing and writing to Alf Waud anent cuts to book &c. Called at Greene Street in the evening and saw Mrs [Celina] Jewell and her daughters [Celina Jewell and Cornelia Sexton]. She, with Mrs Sexton designs journeying to the Catskills tomorrow, there to join "Mrs Hill [Mary Brainard]." Sol [Eytinge]'s sister has been here several times during the day as has Covill [Lemuel Covell]. He (Sol) only appeared once, for a few minutes, going into the basement (of which he retains the key. Allie [Vernon]'s trunk is there. I walked down the street in his rear, designing to pass him, leisurely, and thus ascertain whether he would choose to accost me. On gaining Broadway he dived into a Lager Bier cellar. Writing to Alf Waud during the afternoon, principally about cuts to book.

18. Thursday. Nothing but Sol's escapade talked of at the breakfast table. Covill below with a policeman wanting to effect entrance into Sol’s room to seize box. I saw him. A puny, frail looking fellow, a mere boy. Mrs [Catharine] Potter, our landlady denominates Eytinge "a villain" and says the husband ought to hire a nigger to assault him. Mrs [Mary] Levison suggests a pistol. [William] Levison assumes a slightly moral perch, but asserts that anybody would have done the same "if they had the chance." [Jesse] Haney "feels bad about it" as he introduced Sol to the house of Allie's husband. All sorts of details came out. Mrs Levison tells Mrs Potter, Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur and myself how, during

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-09-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Assault and battery
African Americans


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