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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 95, August 22, 1859

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Identifier: DX03082901

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 95, August 22, 1859

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

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money. If he [Frank Cahill] drinks she [Isabella Clemo] shall be sure to hear of it. Her pen and ink is so bad, when he comes he is to bring her both; she is his own little Wifey; she did not sleep the whole night for thinking of him. He must stick to business like a good one and they may be happy yet; she is a little sad to day and could cry, she feels so lonely; she must hold up, she has a great deal before her. She must let him stay with her only one night in the week, it will cost her a pang, but must be done; please don’t take a wrong meaning from mention of money. If he wishes to please her let him do as she says and some of these days he will find out how madly she loves him. She has kissed his minature [miniature] a dozen times to day and last night when she couldn’t sleep was looking at his dear face. He may have one of her, till she can get one that looks as she looks now. “Frank do not drink any more for my sake.” She will freely forgive him if he will only do better. Here are lines, touching enough, and conveying as stern a moral as anything in Hogarth: “Sometimes I know not what to do with myself. I am so miserable that if my poor mother was living I would go to Philadelphia and stay. I am truly sick of New York. I am so unhappy I can never expect to be happy in this life, and what can I do? Nothing positively nothing. I only wish I were dead.” Yet under the “Bella” of this letter, she writes funnily:

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-08-22

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Prostitutes
Women
Drinking of alcoholic beverages

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