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New York.        Mark Lennon s cockney farce
the  School for Tigers  was played afterwards,
and Lotty appeared in it.
  She looked very pretty in a simple white dress,
with bright ribbons at the shoulders, and a little
scarlet apron.       I think she was roughed, though
not much so; her hair arranged, as of old, in
thick clustering curls.    She played well, too,
though I don t think she ll achieve much cele-
brity on the stage.
  What a dreadful reality is this girl s life
in contrast with the buffoonery of the piece in which
she took part.     Wilful and perverse daughter of
an indescribably base and false mother and a most
contemptible father; reckless wife, unnatural mother,
adulteress and God knows what beside   oh,
Lotty!  Lotty!   who could have guesed all this
horror on that night when I first looked on your
arch, innocently-wilful-childish beautiful face.  Yet
it all lay there then, in thy nature   undeveloped.
  Damn that accursed mother of hers!   Much  
very much of the sin lies at her doors   if not
all.
  I shall yet write a book with Lotty for one
of its heroines, and do justice to her both in
good and evil.     She has good in her.    She might
have been worthy of a good man s love.   
  I ll flay that mother of hers!    I ll tell the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and eleven
Description:Regarding seeing Lotty on stage at Laura Keene's theater.
Date:1856-12-02
Subject:Actors; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Lennon, Mark; Theater; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.