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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 86, March 6, 1858

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Identifier: DX03472911

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 86, March 6, 1858

Description: Regarding Allie Vernon and her sister Josey Winship visiting Mort Thomson's wife, Anna, and the controversy it has caused among their acquaintances.


down the Tribune stairs. He [Horace Greeley] has the kindest face of any man in New York. An anecdote of [Fitz James] O’Brien — characteristic, too. Talking with Sol Eytinge the other day O’B spoke of Willis (N.P.) saying “He’s rather sick — I dined with him yesterday.” Subsequently Sol met [Thomas Bailey] Aldrich (of the “Home Journal”) who casually mentioned that he had on that same yesterday introduced O’B to Willis! Only a few common places passed!

There may be a jolly row apropos of Mrs Allie ‘Eytinge.’ She and her chaste sister Josey [Winship] have got the entree to the Doesticks’. As Sol illustrates Mort Thomson’s articles in Frank Leslie’s paper, and as both live in Brooklyn, not far apart from each other, Mort talked of inviting ‘Mrs’Allie; to avoid which undesirable contingency [Jesse] Haney told him her real relations with Sol. This was some time ago, maybe two or three months. How it fell out, who took the initiative, does not yet appear, but on going their [there] last Sunday — Saturday evening, rather — Haney learnt that Allie and Josey were expected. Moreover Mort’s good, sweet, innocent little wife [Anna Thomson] had actually visited that brace of strumpets at Sol’s house! Haney said he wasn’t on speaking terms with Mrs ‘Eytinge’ and proposed to clear out, but didn’t effect it before the arrival of the visitors. So he had to belie his recent assertion by shaking hands with Allie! Going to [James] Parton’s he told them what had happened. Fanny [Fern] knows all about Sol’s domestic relations (I suppose Haney told Parton, and he told her) and declared that she won’t visit the Thomson’s if these strumpets are liable to drop in, when her daughters [Ellen and Grace Eldredge] are there. Quite right too, by Jove. Fancy that good, frank, honest-hearted Grace cheek by jowl with Allie and Josey! How Thomson can admit them to access to his wife I can’t conceive. His mother [Sophy Thomson] is old enough to take care of herself,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-03-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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