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He told how he had quitted Poughkeepsie
and in conjunction with a Mr Wright started a
Drawing and Painting Academy in this city, which
was prospering.     Said he had two children and
spake of Master Will Kidder.     I asked him of
Lotty, he told of her living at Westfarms and spake
of Alleyne or Granville (his real name they say) as
her husband, though he professed not to know whether
any divorce had separated her from little Whytal
of whom he knew nothing.     She had been rather more
of a help to Granville than he to her, or late, said
Morse, and was  getting on very well,  taught mu-
sic and singing to a lady and  had a sewing-ma-
chine.    The ex-Mrs Kidder was on a visit to some
friends, down east.            Exchanging addresses, we
parted.   A not-satisfactory man this Morse.  Damo-
reau used to pronounce him a lazy man, a sort
of demi-intellectual sybarite.     He (Morse) must
have understood Mrs K. pretty thoroughly, wherefore
how came he to marry her?   Probably she suited
him or he might have been unwilling to risk or en-
dure the disagreables of a break-off.   Many men, of
a sort, drop into matrimony that way, nor care so
much about the purity of their wives before marriage.
  To Edwards!   The Dane, Knudsen there.   Carrying
away Reade s  Love one little &c  belonging to Parton,
I find stray marginal notes, quite unconsciously au-
tobiographical in their self-revelations, by the indomi-
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and thirty-two
Description:Describes a talk with Morse about his wife and Lotty and Will Kidder.
Date:1859-05-15
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Granville, Arthur (Alleyne); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Kidder, Will; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Morse; Parton, James; Whytal, John; Wright
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.