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	       A stroll with Lotty.
street into Washington Square, where the eve-
ning was not unpleasantly chilly, as we strol-
led round the waterless  fountain  and up the
quiet paths.       She told me she had been house-
keeping in the city until within the past two
months; that she had  made  her uncle grant her
income enough to take the house at Fordham,
to which she invited me.       Alleyne, she said,
had drifted as usual, loafing generally, get-
ting drunk occasionally, until she had insist-
ed that he should go to Europe.      He had no
money to pay his passage, so she  mortgaged 
a couple of slaves, which she owned down-south,
and sent him off, with the decision that he must
do something to support himself, or that their
separation should, as she supposes it will be
  final.    She talked steadily and bating the
little indications of self-will and vanity, rather
more moderate in tone than of old, sensibly.
She said she never cared about the man.
I inquired of Whytal.      She had seen him this
winter and given him $15 to transport him
to Boston.   He supposed she was Alleyne s mis-
tress.      She didn t believe the first was a marriage,
anyhow   the man who performed it was only
a clerk, justice of the peace, something or other.
It was only legal in Georgia &c. &c.       That
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and fifty-two
Description:Describes a walk and a conversation with Lotty.
Date:1860-04-12
Subject:Granville, Arthur (Alleyne); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Marriage; Slaveholders; Slavery; Whytal; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Washington Square
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.