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him to come thither; he is  the only one on earth
she cares for,  if ever he ceases to love her it will
kill her, she loves him better than life &c.   She
prays him not to think her foolish with an artless
 please don t  and another  please don t laugh at the
writing.     She wants $4 for boots: she hears
everything she writes to him repeated.     She begs
 for Heaven s sake, don t drink,  again upbraiding
him with promise-breaking, and yet again.   She is
doing very well at her new pace and hopes she may
get along in it, only there is so much stiffness and
etiquette (!) it is a very nice house &c.    She apolo-
gizes for sending him away; she did not intend to
sleep another night in that woman s house; she
hates her.    She don t want him to come until he
can bring her some money, these people are like a 
great many others, all for money; she hasn t
made any since she came here and her board will
soon be due, however she must keep a good heart.
How she wishes to see him, however she must not
give way to these thoughts, if she does she will not
succeed in her undertakings (!)    She gets most
crazy thinking how she loves him    and then to
have to live this way.   If he do not bring her money
the landlady will form a bad opinion of her  Baby 
and of her, too; she wishes she had money and then
he might come right away:   $5 will do.   She
asks him not to be angry at so much mention of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page ninety-four
Description:Describes letters sent to Frank Cahill from prostitute Isabella Clemo.
Date:1859-08-22
Subject:Brothels; Cahill, Frank; Clemo, Isabella; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Prostitutes; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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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.