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7; I supped, then went to Beach Street.      Mrs Kidder is Mrs Kidder
still,   I found her and Morse in the back room & a lady boarder.
Had to run over my rambles, & in return heard much of folks.   How Dod
had visited Lott after Whytal s quitting the house, how she, Mrs K, had
objected to it, and letters had passed  twixt her and the percental Dods,
uncivil ones, & acquaintance dropped.  How Lott had got the Baltimore
engagement & gone thither, partly intending divorcement   she can get it by
living a year in another state.         That she had rowed with Dod, and it
was all off there.         That was Mrs K s account.  I suppose it s true
enough about Dod.        She read me some of Lotty s letters, and some
of Whytal s, which she had enclosed to her mother.  
     To one of Whytal s letters, in which the poor fellow had
written kindly, though clumsily to her, mostly about the child, she had
added a coarse comment about the quality of the paper!   Mrs K was
hoarding  em in case they might aid Lott in establishing a divorce.  /
Mason thinks of revisiting England.   Surtees, the snob and ass of Canal
Street reminiscences lives with him.                  I stayed till 11, then
left.    Taking a glass of ale at Erfords, I met Folingsby, one of the
Lantern artists. He d been away from New York for a long time.   Also
I saw Kelly & learnt Mr Hart left yesterday for the West.
  28.  Monday.  To Levison again, concluding matters.  Thence to
Weed and other down town calls.   Evening writing.
  29.  Tuesday.  Wrote long letter to Keene Richrds. Also
to Godfroy containing Lake Superior letter.   Down town, Post Office,
tailors, Strongs &c Price s.       Evening took 3rd Avenue cars and
to 28th Street, to Welden s new abode, he having called, this
forenoon, lent me Aristophanes & Carlyle essays.      A book evening
with him & wife, ale & cigars.   Lots of new and noble editions of
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and nine
Description:Describes visiting Mrs. Kidder and hearing news of Lotty, who is living in Baltimore.
Subject:Books and reading; Divorce; Dodd, Dan; Folingsby; Godfroy; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Kelly; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Levison, William; Mason; Morse; Richards, Addison Keane; Surtees; Weed; Welden, Charles; Welden, Charles, Mrs.; Whytal, John; Whytal, Jr.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):3rd Avenue; 28th Street; Beach Street; Canal Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
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.