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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 74, September 20, 1856

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Identifier: DX03683490

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 74, September 20, 1856

Description: Regarding Coville discovering Allie Vernon at a Brooklyn hotel and taking her back to New York.


resumed talk through the hole where the stove-pipe used to go. I had, at her [Elizabeth Gouverneur's] request, got her some liquorice for her little girl [May Gouverneur] — a very pretty but spoiled child of four — and she put her hand through to give me some. One might write a novel version of "Pyramus and Thisbe" from this incident. / Down town in the afternoon, to Wells & Webb's, and to [Thomas] Strongs, there to leave 'cawicachaws'. He wasn't in, so I got no $. Looked in at the Pic Office; met Walt Whitman near Fowler and Wells, walked awhile with him, then on. Passing by Greene St was beckoned in by Selina Jewell. Her mother [Celina Jewell] and sister [Cornelia Sexton] went to Catskill, as projected. Saw [John A.] Wood for some ten minutes in the basement, with Sol [Eytinge]. During the latters temporary absence, the former told me that Covill [Lemuel Covell] had discovered whither Allie [Vernon] had been conveyed — to a Brooklyn hotel — took her back to New York, and when Sol presented himself the landlord "blew him up like h__l" for bringing the woman to his house. Wood had gone over, yesterday, to pay the bill.

So ends the great Elopement of Allie Vernon with Sol Eytinge — if it end here.

Writing (the preceeding six pages) during the evening, and now to bed.

I think [Jesse] Haney had [word crossed out] no furtive object in his intimacy with Allie. He had erred in thinking he could wash dirt with cleanliness.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-09-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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