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    Mrs. Morse, her Children and Will Kidder.
more wrinkled and Mrs. Skewtonish than
of old, though I hardly perceived it.     She
t   a   l   k   e   d as usual, of her
prosperity and popularity at Poughkeepsie,
of Morse s success in teaching drawing in New
York, of his general contentment and happiness
here, at Fordham.          I learnt that they
had lived awhile with Wilbour and his wife
( must ask him about them) pronouncing him
mean, &c., &c.     I have forgotten to speak of
Mrs. Morse s children   two   a boy of six,
and a girl of three who were in the house
in the early part of the afternoon, the girl
much petted by Lotty.       Boy light-haired,
big-headed and country-looking, girl voted
a marvel by mamma and surroundings; didn t
see it myself.       Mrs. M. spoke of old Isaac
O. Davis and of Walbridge, the first as a
rejected admirer, the second as a heartless poli-
tician.          Presently her son Will Kidder
came in.       Six years had changed him so that
I should not have known him.     He lives with
Lotty, going to New York, to his place of em-
ployment of mornings, returning at night.    We
all supped together.      After an interval of talk
cards were proposed and we played whist,
Lotty and I against Mrs. Morse and Will.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and seventy-seven
Description:Describes a visit to Lotty at Fordham.
Subject:Children; Davis, Isaac O.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Kidder, Will; Morse; Walbridge; Wilbour; Wilbour, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):Fordham, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.