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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 199, August 30, 1860

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Identifier: DX02786575

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 199, August 30, 1860

Description: Describes a conversation with Frank Wood and N.G. Shepherd about mistresses of the Bohemians.

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183

The Amours of New York “Bohemians.”

these two young men [N.G. Shepard and Frank Wood] was almost exclusively Phallic, 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 [Clemo],” whose letters to [Frank] Cahill I possess and of which I made a digest in this Diary, [Henry] Clapp has succeeded John Sears, who succeeded Cahill, in the honorable office of “fancy man” to her — as Robert Gun inherited his mistress [Adelle St. Orme], after Sears had been in possession. 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 [Fitz James] 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-mannishness, 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

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-08-30

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Diaries
Prostitutes
Brothels

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