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  several attempts   to become a tragic actress,
but despite any amount of puffery on the part
of fellows who knew her (or wanted to know
her in a scriptural sense) failed.   She had
money and aspired for  fame  only.   She lived
with a musician, subsequently went to Paris
and returned with an illegitimate child, the
result of a liason with a young Frenchman.
Affecting the Bohemienne and Georges Sand
business she acknowledges the maternity, and
is the centre of a circle of the Clapp style of
men.      Possessing some intellect and ability
as her writings attest, she is I suppose
bedeviled to all intents and purposes   self
outlawed from decent womanhood.   The Briggs es
of the press and others praise her on the princi-
ple that its always safe to praise a woman. I
have heard of an old editor who made this a
rule through life   never to write a line against
a woman   and said he found it pay.
 Getty Gay  has still more of the core of bitch
in her, as Smollet s Trunnion would say.
By Arnold s account she adds direct prosti-
tution to her  literary   pursuits, taking rides in
omnibuses of afternoons and Broadway prome-
nades to pick up $5 with men attached.
He, Arnold, visited some female of his ac-
quaintance who resided at the same house with
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and sixty-one
Description:Regarding Ada Clare and Getty Gay, two Bohemian women in New York.
Date:1859-11-29
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Briggs, Charles F.; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Clare, Ada; Gay, Getty (Gertrude Louise Wilmshurst); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.