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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 96, August 22, 1859

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Identifier: DX03083686

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 96, August 22, 1859

Description: Describes letters sent to Bob Gun from his mistress, Adelle St. Orme.


“isn’t this a fat B?”

[Bob] Gun’s mistress “Adelle St. Orme” as she styles herself (after the nomenclature of most of her class) appears a much cheaper-constructed and trashier-souled person. She punctuates only with dots, spells badly, misuses fine words (as “preamble” for letter!) deals in flashy-novel-like protestations of exaggerated passion alternated with stormy recriminations, sometimes writing palpably under the influence of liquor. She is ridiculously ironic about Arnold (George). She tells Gun that she is “certainly encient”; that she loves him “better than her life, her mother or her God,” with much dreary bosh of the same sort. She wants cigars, perfume, soap, a bonnet, a dress, $50, port-wine, “something nice” in the edible way, an old “pair of pants” for a poor boy. She deals in endless mock-humilities about “the humble writer;” threats of exposure; of meeting him on Broadway, with exaggerated “running-shriek” of feminine shrillness pervading everything. Her drunken letters are written all awry, in large, scrawling, highly suggestive style. Here’s a brothel picture. to conclude. “I am sitting prop up in bed, with my neck wrap up in hops and whiskey and my face in meal and whiskey.”!!!! Her dressmaker wants to pledge her dress. She wants $25 to send to her mother.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-08-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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