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was taken to see Charley Brown s  ugly little
Dora.    Very freckled, with big orbicular hazel eyes,
with a world of meaning in them, and hair so black
in appearance that only the closest scrutiny could dis-
cover it to be the intensest shade of brown.   But the
witchery of the face, the wondrous fascination of
it, with all its faults!  Poor Lotty! poor Lotty!
capable I do believe of a better and happier lot,
had you found some man strong enough and tender
enough to have driven out the devils of wilfulness
and affectation.    I am glad to think their was
no horror of abortion or child prevention done, as
I once temporarily suspected.     She went to see her
first child in Boston a year ago or so.   Whytal
had caused it to be nourished in the belief of its
mother s death  in California.         I don t think
Lotty cares much for it, though she would deny the
implication fiercely.    But how am I to claim the
right to judge, after all?        There is so much of
a desire to be and do right in the poor girl that
I can t and won t disbelieve in her.    Think too, of
her horrible bringing-up and belongings    that dribble
of a father and that damned mother.          I turn
sick when I recollect that abominable woman s vanity
and selfishness, a selfishness so absorbing and terrible
that I cannot fancy her beginning to love anything.
  Misery has made Lotty content with Alleyne, probably
a worse man than Whytal.    I believe she has kept
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page twenty-one
Description:Describes a conversation with Lotty about her past.
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Granville (Alleyne); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Whytal; Whytal, Jr.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.