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the notion.  But it was  ower true  for whenever
Cahill was drunk he used to talk about his not having
to work if he were so inclined, of  his girl  offer-
ing to lend him money   give him money &c.   He always
returned to it.    And when Leslie, who accompanied
Gun & Cahill round to their familiar brothels one night,
enchanted by the terms of intimacy  little Franky  enjoyed
with the mistresses of these establishments,
suggested that Cahill might make  a good living  by
purveying Champagne for them    Cahill was flat-
tered by the supposition!!!     How the Scotchman s
ruling principle, money-making, showed there.   He, bye
the bye, went to the place subsequently on his own account,
thinking  x  x  x  x  x  economically.   Cahill s girl
rebuffed him & told her  lover    not so Gun s.    The
latter, bye the bye, was in horrible alarm, thinking his
harlot enciente, once   fancying he might have to cut
and run.                 Learnt these things partially from
the fellows themselves, partly from Haney.
  Why do I put  em down? Firstly isn t it unfair;
secondly isn t it nasty?    But then it s true.  Well,
tearing out pages, or tearing up wholly, is easily accom-
plished anyday.     But what would the fellows say
could they know of my doing the recording angel(?) in this
infernal manner?                              Rawson Gill is back
again.    Came in as I ate my late dinner.     His
mother has been wearying out all the women in the
house   at least those who subjected themselves to her  
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page eighty-one
Description:Regarding William Leslie visiting a brothel with Frank Cahill and Bob Gun.
Date:1859-01-17
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brothels; Cahill, Frank; Clemo, Isabella; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; Prostitutes; St. Orme, Adelle; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.