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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 35, June 15, 1860

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Identifier: DX02689661

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 35, June 15, 1860

Description: Regarding Frank Cahill's extravagant spending.

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Ugly Facts coming out

more than I do. There has been a perfect culmination of drinking and whoring, of late, among the whole worthless crowd. [N.G.] Shepherd derived his particulars from the mistress of the brothel where these girls live; young as he is, he is an occasional visitor to such. And Abrahams told me, [Frank] Cahill had in one day spent $7 for drinks at Crook and Duffs. He has the reputation of a liar, but may speak truth in this particular. Cahill’s “Mercury” rascality amounted to more than we supposed; to something below $50. [Frank] Bellew, always a friend to him, helped him out of the scrape, I suppose gave him some of the money to compromise the affair, which is known to but few persons. Men of Cahill’s stomp always experience a good deal of assistance, their temperament appeals to people, their incapacity to walk the right line of life seems to demand as help, which they are content to accept from the inferior position of dependents, unconsciously gratifying the latent feeling of patronage in the breast of their relievers. A dangerous license, too, is accorded them; they may do things which would provoke severe censure on others with almost impunity. Were I to appear drunk at a boarding-house table, there’d be a devil of

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-06-15

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

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

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