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her infant s sake  &c.  And Lotty eloquently and pathetically asks, / in
pen and ink.  Is not my fate a hard one, dearest Mother? A
daughter, without father or mother; a wife without a husband; a
mother without a child?                     And withal Lotty knows her
mother to be living in adultery; that that mother has called her  a
rotten b__ !       And she herself loves not her own child.   /   A
terrible similarity betwixt mother and daughter.    A terrible couple
of portraits, which I will do justice to, if ever pen and brain work
well, some day; unsoftening aught.               What a wretched old
woman that girl will be, no good life to look back upon, no one
to love her!         God pardon her, and all of us.
     How dully wicked Morse and Mrs K must feel, the long evenings
they pass together.  They have few visitors now.     I think he is a
little overbearing, autocratic, Tilton like.    Sensual gratification
must soon have palled with them, to become a slavish, shameful
need.       She talks endless platitudes, he must be weary, she
still parades approaching marriage with him, even talking of  engagement. 
Well!  it might be. But I don t think it.
     Sin is a miserable business in this world.      Swedenborg s hell
is the most terrible I know of.
  4. Sunday.  Damoreau came up and stayed an hour.  I
to Mr Greatbatch s and there dined with them, and stayed till 6
in the evening.       I always feel homelike, in some degree there.  They
are good people.      To Vesey Street, and had a pleasant, chatty
evening with Damoreau and his wife.
  5. Monday.  Up town to Levisons, a slight snow storm
falling.   Down by the third Avenue Cars, called at the Picayune
Office, (where sat silly-faced Glover, looking cold, and reading a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and twelve
Description:Comments on Lotty and Mrs. Kidder's similarities.
Date:1853-12-03
Subject:Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Glover, Thad; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Levison, William; Morse; Whytal, John; Whytal, Jr.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Vesey Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.