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down.                           God bless all the girls!
  22.  Monday.  Writing, chores and sick
continuous headache, unfitting me for anything.  Out
for a walk down Broadway at 4 P. M.  [Phonography] in
the evening.     Sick and sad and tired.
  I have had in my possession for the past week
or so, two piles of letters written by girls of the
town to Cahill and Gun, who severally have hand-
ed them to me for perusal.     They afford curious
insight into a side of life oftener depicted in conven-
tional than truthful colors; of which, too, facts
are hard to come at and proportionately valuable.
Men familiar with such are commonly not of the
capacity to offer them, if loose-souled enough
to talk freely.     These letters, in conjunction with
what I have heard from their recipients, as from
the Arnolds, Sears and Tracy, give me at second
hand, information they have paid a dearer price
for.    So now for them.           The first and
smaller batch ^|were| written to Cahill by Isabella
Clemo, of  Bella  as she commonly signs herself.
Like her companion she is a mulatto or colored
girl, said to be very pretty.   Both are at the present
time inmates of a brothel at the corner of Broome
and Wooster Streets.    Sears has succeeded Cahill
in his connection with  Bella , as he preceded
Gun with his mistress.             Well, this Bella s
letters, thirteen in number, directed to Bleecker
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page ninety-two
Description:Regarding letters sent to Frank Cahill from prostitute Isabella Clemo.
Date:1859-08-21
Subject:Arnold, George; Arnold, Jack; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Clemo, Isabella; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Prostitutes; Sears, Jack; Tracy; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Broadway; Broome Street; Wooster Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.