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Upbraidings, protestations, threats, complains
of sickness, of Gun s lack of affection, drunken
and dreary iterations form the bulk of these let-
ters.                                The first poor harlot
evidently loved Cahill to the extent of her wretched
tether: the other was a three fours venal and one
fourth trashy sensuality-cum-sentiment affair.  Bella 
aspired to live with Cahill, to be his exclusive mis-
tress, she hoped for no more.    He shows wickedly,
weakly and wretchedly in this wretched and im-
pure affair.             This was the detail of his life
while running up a score of over $100 with Mrs
Potter.         I m sorry Haney visited these women some-
times in company with the others: at least I m
sorry I know it.    Without counting I    well, it s
none of my business, except as a looker-on! As such
I chronicle it.
  23.  Tuesday.  Writing and drawing.  In doors
all day till the evening, when I turned out, spite of
rain-drizzle, called unsuccessfully at Bellew s, went
to 16th Street and from thence to Palace Garden, where
I found Haney with a brother-in-law and half sister
of his, looking on at about two couples dancing, the
night being wet and dreary.   Perkins there.  With
Haney to his room; Bellew came and Hayes (an
English boarder in the house.)   Talk and smoke
till midnight, rain coming down drenchingly without.
Bellew held me company to Bleecker St. where we
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page ninety-seven
Description:Regarding Isabella Clemo and Adelle St. Orme.
Date:1859-08-22
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Clemo, Isabella; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes; Perkins; Potter, Mrs.; Prostitutes; St. Orme, Adelle; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street; Bleecker 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.