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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 117, April 11, 1858

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Identifier: DX03498790

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 117, April 11, 1858

Description: Regarding Allie Vernon and Sol Eytinge.


vulturous-looking engraver [John Watson] is out of prison — Lord knows how. He called on Clarence Eytinge, saying that Sol [Eytinge] had threatened to shoot him, and inquiring if he meant it. ‘Twas about Allie [Vernon], of course, Sol being enraged at Watson’s talking about her. [A.F.] Banks has shaken hands with [Frank] Bellew, making the advances himself. He lives now at a French house in Lispenard St, having left Stammer’s. “Stammers” says Banks “is, bai Jove, such a d____d old fool!” He heard a devil of a row over head one night, went up stairs and caught Banks in his red flannel shirt among the Biddies! The Juanic Banks — in spectacles and a red shirt! Stammers didn’t like it, so Banks left. [John A.] Wood talked of Sol’s domestic economy. Allie, or Meg, as he now calls her, is rather slatternly. She don’t wear her spectacles always, as Sol don’t like it. She squanders his money in taking lessons in German — she did try French, but dropped it. Sol hasn’t much conversation in him, lolls about occasionally singing a bar or two of opera music, some times toying with Allie. So visitors find it very dreary. Sol works pretty hard, now, making $40 weekly. Yet he never has much money in pocket. Probably gives it to Allie and she, like a prudent creature, makes a little private purse for herself, in view of contingencies. Writing to my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn], and other matters. I have recently finished reading Haydon’s Autobiography. A deeply interesting and painful book. You see the man’s flaws plainly enough, but pity him all the more for it. I think the world is cruel in its judgment of unsuccessful men. Very well do I recollect that awful head of Lazarus, of his painting, at the Pantheon. I like Hay-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-04-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Language and languages


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