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Text for Page 093 [08-22-1859]

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and Houston Streets during Cahill�s residence,
show the girl in a more favorable light than their
recipient.     The chirography is rather boyish than
womanish, (the writer being self taught,) the spelling
and grammar faulty and feminine.   Some of
the letters are written in pencil, for which apology
is made.    Cahill apostrophized as �Dear Frank�
�My own dear Frank,� and sometimes as �Baby �,
receives professions of extreme affection and endearment
which glance off into reproach and complaint of his
neglecting to visit her, of his �getting tight� in spite of
repeated promises to the contrary, of his inconstancy
and general loose-souledness.   All of this is curiously
blended with artless allusions to her wretched vocation,
which seems to be regarded as quite apart from the
feeling she entertains for him.   She writes of coming
to see him (at Houston St) only she �had no boots�: she
�went as far as Jenine�s� in her �parlor slippers � but
her �feet got so wet and cold� that she proceeded no fur-
ther.   �Times are so hard with us poor girls� she
says, �that indeed I don�t know what I will do this
winter.�   She will come to see him �as soon as her
cape is out of pledge.�   She is �constantly hearing of
his being tight; it is so unkind after she begged him
not and he promised.�   She �hopes she has more
pride and senses� than to be jealous of some other
girl.    She complains of his telling her �so many
falsehoods.�  She writes from Philadelphia, inviting               
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