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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 93, August 22, 1859

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Identifier: DX03081331

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 93, August 22, 1859

Description: Describes letters sent to Frank Cahill from his mistress, Isabella Clemo.



and Houston Streets during [Frank] Cahill’s residence, show the girl [Isabella Clemo] 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 further. “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

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-08-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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