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  13.  Monday.  To Blakeman s and to Dixon s,
then to Mechanic s Institute to read up religious papers
for article.     There till noon of a sultry day.   Return-
ing and to work.   By 3 got a letter from Lotty, re-
questing me to come round to Houston Street, to Mrs
Duryee s, her daughter bringing it.    Went, and in
a little front room up one flight of stairs sate conver-
sing with Lotty for perhaps two hours.     Here s her story.
  For some time previous to her final separation from
Whytal, they, though ostensibly man and wife were
only ostensibly so.   He availing himself of her suf-
fering from neurologia gave her morphine and during
the subsequent insensibility            She became pregnant
for the second time.   Whytal went off, finally.    I
think Lotty was in Philadelphia or Baltimore or
Washington, probably playing in Laura Keene s troupe,
which she quitted on the approach of maternity to return
to New York to her mother s house.   Mrs Kidder
received her with more than coldness, talked of scandal
and inconvenience, said that the unhappy girl s lying-
in there was out of the question as it would put a
stopper on her (the maternal bitch s) approaching 
union with Morse.    So Lotty, half mad and desperate,
returned to Philadelphia.    The child was born, sub-
sequently died within some weeks.     She found herself
without friends; Alleyne was kind to her.   They have
with occasional separations lived together ever since.
He did not know that she was married when he married
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page nineteen
Description:Describes a conversation with Lotty about her past.
Date:1859-06-13
Subject:Blakeman, William; Dixon, E.H.; Duryee, Miss; Duryee, Mrs.; Granville (Alleyne); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Marriage; Morse; Pregnancy; Whytal; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Houston Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.