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to find out Whytal, and seemed to think he and
Lotty might come together again.       Whytal wasn t
a gentleman, perhaps, but he was a very good fel-
low and very fond of her.    That is as fond as a
man of his sort could be.      He had his faults, of
course, who hadn t.       He used to get drunk.   Well
to be sure some persons thought a great deal of
that but he didn t. He d been drunk himself  
sometimes in John s company.    He thought highly
of John.          Lotty s mother set her against him.
She, Mrs Kidder, was one of these progressive
women.    He didn t think her a licentious woman.
He always defended and spoke highly of her.    She
had odd notions of platonic affection, and Lotty
was influenced by them, in her organization, that
was his opinion.    He d seen his wife since her
marriage with Morse.    It was very odd.    Lotty
I didn t make him a confidant, or only partially
so.     She coaxed him, and laughed.      She hadn t
written to him during her absence.            He thought
Charley Brown a very honorable fellow, but Lotty
broke the match off from pride or something of the
kind.          She d been engaged to be married before, and
broke that off for Charley.              Mrs K had borne
him 8 children.    Mrs Lawton had been somebody s
mistress.      He loved his child (Lotty.)       Often
thought he should commit suicide, but everything was
so uncertain hereafter.      Lotty had been there that
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page thirty-seven
Description:Describes a conversation with Kidder about Lotty and her mother.
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Lawton, Mrs.; Marriage; Morse; Whytal, John; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.