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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 81, January 17, 1859

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Identifier: DX03266107

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 81, January 17, 1859

Description: Regarding William Leslie's visit to a brothel with Frank Cahill and Bob Gun.

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the notion. But it was "ower true" for whenever [Frank] Cahill was drunk he used to talk about his not having to pay work if he were so inclined, of "his girl" offering to lend him money — give him money &c. He always returned to it. And when [William] Leslie, who accompanied [Bob] Gun & Cahill round to their familiar brothels one night, enchanted by the terms of intimacy "little Franky" enjoyed with the mistresses of that and oth these establishments, suggested that Cahill might make "a good living" by purveying Champagne for them —— Cahill was flattered by the supposition!!! How the Scotchman's ruling principle, money-making, showed there. He, bye the bye, went to the place subsequently on his own account, thinking x x x x x economically. Cahill’s girl rebuffed him & told her "lover" — not so Gun's. The latter, bye the bye, was in horrible alarm, thinking his harlot enciente, once — fancying he might have to cut and run. Learnt these things partially from the fellows themselves, partly from [Jesse] Haney.

Why do I put 'em down? Firstly isn't it unfair; secondly isn't it nasty? But then it's true. Well, tearing out pages, or tearing up wholly, is easily accomplished every anyday. But what would the fellows say could they know of my doing the recording angel(?) in this infernal manner? Rawson Gill is back again. Came in as I ate my late dinner. His mother [Elizabeth Gouverneur] has been wearying out all the women in the house — at least those who subjected themselves to her —

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-01-17

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Scots
Boardinghouses
19th century
Brothels
Diaries
Prostitutes
Women

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