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        Mrs. Bellew on Clapp and O Brien.
view of life and overrates his abilities
which (if he continue in this course) will hardly
elevate him above the Sunday paper level.
Spends his Saturday nights in a brothel, reports
Cahill, and has breakfast and newspapers served
to him in bed of a morning.            In doors
till 5, then to 16th street, supped with Haney,
saw him off to Fanny s, then to Bellew s.
There till 11.    Bellew wasn t at home on my
calling; sat and talked for half an hour with
Mrs. B and little Allie.     The child dislikes
Frank Wood, won t go near him.    O Brien had
recently called.     Mrs. B spoke of the great change
for the worse that has taken place in his man-
ners, since his advent in this country.   Says, too,
that Clapp tries to imitate North, as a con-
versationist.    Mrs. B admired North.    Indeed
he was much more likeable than O Brien or
Clapp.         The latter s passion for  Ada Clare 
seems generally known and smiled at.         She,
 Getty Gay  and other Unfortunate Literary Fema-
les go down to Pfaffs with the men, sitting
at the sacred round table, in the cellar &c.
 Ada Clare  sticks out everywhere in the columns
of the  Saturday Press ; she writes articles and the
others praise them.     This week she talks about
 women s wombs being dragged out of shape by
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page eighteen
Description:Regarding a conversation with Mrs. Bellew about Henry Clapp, Fitz James O'Brien, and Ada Clare.
Date:1860-01-13
Subject:Arnold, George; Bellew, Allie; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Children; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Clare, Ada; Fern, Fanny; Gay, Getty (Gertrude Louise Wilmshurst); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Pfaff's (New York, N.Y.); Saturday press.; Women; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.