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half the morning.    He  down on  Sol to a certain
extent, and talks of returning to England.
  6. Wednesday.   Hurrying down Broadway
at noon with M S for the Picayune, I was
passing the St Nicholas, or near to it, when
I encountered two ladies, the face of one seeming
strangely familiar to me.  They had already gone
on.   Determined to be assured as to my sudden
recognition I darted across the street, hurried on
for half a block, re crossed and bore down full
upon them.     It was Lotty!
  She knew me in an instant.  Why Tom!   
Gave me her address, and bade me call at 3,
and then went on her way to the theatre, (Wallacks,)
at which she has an engagement.            I went.
She is living with Alleyne, brother to Madame
Marguerittes, to whom she is married.   The ceremony
was, of course, illegal, being nothing more nor less than
bigamy, Whytal still surviving.   (Suspecting that
I doubted this, she told me details of place and
time, promising to produce the certificate.)    She
would be, she said, no man s mistress, and hence
the marriage.         I learned, too, the particulars of
her last three years life, though confusedly.    Some
months subsequent to my last parting with her, she
gave birth to another child, the paternity, (she avers,)
resting with Whytal.       Her mother would not let
her enter her doors, in deference to Morse. The child subsequently died.  She
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page thirty-four
Description:Describes meeting Lotty unexpectedly on Broadway.
Date:1856-08-05
Subject:Eytinge, Solomon; Granville, Arthur (Alleyne); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Marguerittes, Madame; Marriage; Morse; Waud, William; Whytal, John; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
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.