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the course of the evening to Mrs Duryee s.
Lotty was there yesterday and the day before.   Alleyne
has returned from Boston, she sending him money
to enable him to do so. (This Mrs D. told as a 
secret.)    They now live together again at a twenty-
fifth St boarding-house, where Lotty secured a room
for them.          Mrs D speaks of Alleyne very unfa-
vorably, says he s a fifth-rate actor, a loafer,
a worthless article generally.   Lotty left the stage
in consequence of her getting into rows first with old
Wallack, then with Laura Keene.    She was late
at rehearsal in the first place and restive under
reproof.   When the  Veteran  objected she  sauced back. 
Indeed she has a proclivity for rows   had one
at Westfarms with some fellow boarder whose side
the landlady espoused   which landlady Lotty owed
$20 for a months board, as she told me.    How
characteristic and peculiar are these waspishnesses in
detail as contrasted with her real self-sacrifice
and generosity towards Alleyne.   Such apparent
contradictions are, however, more common in life
than we suppose.          Talked half an hour with
Mrs Duryee and her daughter.   A girl recently from
Georgia and other Southern regions, where she has
been for some two or three years.   Her mother seems
kindly disposed towards Lotty    nobody seems to
care for her,  says the woman.    Poor Lotty! poor
little New York Phillina!                        Back to house,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page twenty-four
Description:Regarding Lotty's past as an actress.
Date:1859-06-18
Subject:Actors; Duryee, Miss; Duryee, Mrs.; Granville (Alleyne); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keene, Laura; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Theater; Wallack, James William; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):25th 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.