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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 94, August 22, 1859

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Identifier: DX03082116

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 94, August 22, 1859

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

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him [Frank Cahill] to come thither; he is “the only one on earth she [Isabella Clemo] cares for,” if ever he ceases to love her it will kill her, she loves him better than life &c. She prays him not to think her foolish with an artless “please don’t” and another “please don’t laugh at the writing.” She wants $4 for boots: she hears everything she writes to him repeated. She begs “for Heaven’s sake, don’t drink,” again upbraiding him with promise-breaking, and yet again. She is doing very well at her new pace and hopes she may get along in it, only there is so much stiffness and etiquette (!) it is a very nice house &c. She apologizes for sending him away; she did not intend to sleep another night in that woman’s house; she hates her. She don’t want him to come until he can bring her some money, these people are like a great many others, all for money; she hasn’t made any since she came here and her board will soon be due, however she must keep a good heart. How she wishes to see him, however she must not give way to these thoughts, if she does she will not succeed in her undertakings (!) She gets most crazy thinking how she loves him — “and then to have to live this way.” If he do not bring her money the landlady will form a bad opinion of her “Baby” and of her, too; she wishes she had money and then he might come right away: $5 will do. She asks him not to be angry at so much mention of

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1859-08-22

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Brothels
Diaries
Prostitutes
Women

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