Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page ninety-seven

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Identifier: DX03084471

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 97, August 22-23, 1859

Description: Regarding Isabella Clemo and Adelle St. Orme.

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Upbraidings, protestations, threats, complains of sickness, of [Bob] Gun’s lack of affection, drunken and dreary iterations form the bulk of these [Adelle St. Orme’s] letters. The first poor harlot [Isabella Clemo] evidently loved [Frank] Cahill to the extent of her wretched tether: the other was a three fours venal and one fourth trashy sensuality-cum-sentiment affair. “Bella” aspired to live with Cahill, to be his exclusive mistress, she hoped for no more. He shows wickedly, weakly and wretchedly in this wretched and impure affair. This was the detail of his life while running up a score of over $100 with Mrs [Catharine] Potter. I’m sorry [Jesse] Haney visited these women sometimes in company with the others: at least I’m sorry I know it. Without counting I —— well, it’s none of my business, except as a looker-on! As such I chronicle it.

23. Tuesday. Writing and drawing. In doors all day till the evening, when I turned out, spite of rain-drizzle, called unsuccessfully at [Frank] Bellew’s, went to 16th Street and from thence to Palace Garden, where I found Haney with a brother-in-law and half sister of his, looking on at about two couples dancing, the night being wet and dreary. Perkins there. With Haney to his room; Bellew came and Hayes (an English boarder in the house.) Talk and smoke till midnight, rain coming down drenchingly without. Bellew held me company to [132] Bleecker St. where we

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Rights: Public Domain (no known copyright)

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Dates: 1859

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

Subjects: Diaries
Prostitutes
Women

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