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“Here were all the things that the good women of the stately homes on Nob Hill despised'the cockpits and dogfights, the gambling dens, the hundreds of taverns, the bawdy-houses, bordellos, and brothels.”
“Another court determined that some tax deductions for the expenses of running one of those bawdy-houses were indeed permissible: for example, the hiring of “men possessed of physical strength and some guile.””
“Some cities—New Orleans was one—even passed ordinances that defined the boundaries of these districts, districts in which illegal vice was, if not legal, at least immune from destructive raids.30 San Antonio, Texas, even tried to collect license fees from “bawdy-houses,” although the ordinance failed a court test.”
“By perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue; by cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils- a ravaged country- a depopulated city- habitations without safety, and slavery without hope- our homes turned into barracks and bawdy-houses for Hessians, and a future race to provide for, whose fathers we shall doubt of.”
“Thus finished and adorned by their travels, they become the disturbers of play-houses; they break the windows, and commonly the landlords, of the taverns where they drink; and are at once the support, the terror, and the victims, of the bawdy-houses they frequent.”
“Charge an honest woman with picking thy pocket! why, thou whoreson, impudent, embossed rascal, if there were anything in thy pocket but tavern-reckonings, memorandums of bawdy-houses, and one poor penny-worth of sugar-candy to make thee long-winded, if thy pocket were enriched with any other injuries but these, I am a villain: and yet you will stand to if; you will not pocket up wrong: art thou not ashamed?”
“How many of the bawdy-houses I'd frequented had black madames?”
“He delighted in witnessing the infliction of punishments, and frequented taverns and bawdy-houses in the night-time, disguised in a periwig and a long coat; and was passionately addicted to the theatrical arts of singing and dancing.”
“In the night time Burnworth strolled about in such little bawdy-houses as he had formerly frequented, and where he yet fancied he might be safe.”
“Here were no blasé habitués of wine-rooms and bawdy-houses, seeking a new sensation by learning a new perversion.”
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By Thomas Paine. Published on December 23, 1776 (later published as The American Crisis). Posted here as excerpts, not in entirety.
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