A professional base ball club is to be established here. No muffins need apply.
-St. Louis Republican, September 23, 1874
Given this, we probably should adjust our thinking about when Thomas McNeary began to consider putting the Reds into the NA. If he was, to whatever extent, a part of the founding of the Brown Stockings organization, he must have been thinking about having a NA club at Compton Avenue in late September of 1874. And if that's true, it gives some credence to the idea that he was moving on from the Browns by late November 1874. Two months of dealing with the old Union Club gentlemen who were the real money behind the Browns was probably enough for McNeary to realize that he wasn't going to get his way.
And at some point, we should probably address the question of why the Browns ended up at the Grand Avenue grounds rather than at Compton Avenue.