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money.   If he drinks she shall be sure to hear
of it.   Her pen and ink is so bad, when he comes
he is to bring her both; she is his own little Wifey;
she did not sleep the whole night for thinking of him.
He must stick to business like a good one and they
may be happy yet; she is a little sad to day and
could cry, she feels ^|so| lonely; she must hold up, she
has a great deal before her.      She must let him stay
with her only one night in the week, it will cost
her a pang, but must be done; please don t take a
wrong meaning from mention of money.  If he wishes
to please her let him do as she says and some of
these days he will find out how madly she loves him.
She has kissed his minature a dozen times to day
and last night when she couldn t sleep was looking
at his dear face.   He may have one of her, till
she can get one that looks as she looks now.  Frank
do not drink any more for my sake.      She will
freely forgive him if he will only do better.    Here
are lines, touching enough, and conveying as stern
a moral as anything in Hogarth:   Sometimes
I know not what to do with myself.  I am so mis-
erable that if my poor mother was living I would
go to Philadelphia and stay.  I am truly sick of
New York.  I am so unhappy I can never expect
to be happy in this life, and what can I do? nothing
positively nothing.   I only wish I were dead.   Yet
under the  Bella  of this letter, she writes funnily:
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page ninety-five
Description:Describes letters sent to Frank Cahill from his mistress Isabella Clemo.
Date:1859-08-22
Subject: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.