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       The Amours of New York  Bohemians. 
these two young men was almost exclusively Phal-
lic, of the strumpets they had known, did know
or desired to know, or of the achievements of others
of the  Bohemian  troop in the same glorious field.
I learnt much of the tainted flesh-market, edifying
in its way.       Apropos of the girl  Belle,  whose
letters to Cahill I possess and of which I made
a digest in this Diary, Clapp has succeeded John
Sears, who succeeded Cahill, in the honorable of-
fice of  fancy man  to her   as Robert Gun inheri-
ted his mistress, after Sears had been in posses-
sion.   For George Arnold he seems the Juan of
the colored sisterhood.    Belle likes Clapp for
his esprit!  said Wood, anon regretting that all
this valuable experience couldn t be used in a
literary (!) way   as in Paris!           He was going
off to the country with O Brien, on Saturday.
Two glasses of punch meantime prevented his
 doing a bit of virtue  at Murray Hill, in other
words visiting some modest girl, to whom he
seemed to imply, he was paying addresses.   With
a charming affectation of depravity and fast-man-
nishness, he professed enjoyment of passing from
the brothel to the drawing room of decent society.
 He was engaged to pass the next night with a
harlot,  he said.             Going through Niblo s into
the theatre, I left Shepherd there and walked
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and ninety-nine
Description:Describes a conversation with Frank Wood and N. G. Shepherd about mistresses of the Bohemians.
Date:1860-08-30
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Clemo, Isabella; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Prostitutes; Sears, Jack; Shepherd, N.G.; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.