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Her face is squarish at the top of the countenance
(the impression of which is increased by her
frequent fashion of wearing her hair parted rather
squarely over her forehead)   
but oval below, at a little distance
it looks charmingly so.      Her hair of the deepest
shade of brown, that ordinarily mistaken for
black is so curly and matted that, taken in
connection with other particulars, I can easily
understand the mistake of some Southern
bumpkin who, arriving at a hotel and en-
countering Lotty on the staircase, took her for
a mulatto chambermaid!        (Was it altogether
a mistake though?        She says she has Indian
blood in her, on the maternal side; I could
almost believe it African.)   Her forehead is
neither high nor low, her eyebrows jetty black
and thick, her eyelashes black, her eyes large
and very brown   with a brown splendor in
them wondrous to look on.    Her nose, rather
thick at the bottom, turns up a little.          Her
mouth without being thin-lipped is not full or
sensuous, but at once singularly witching, inno-
cent and willful in expression   I never saw
any mouth like it.   She has just a suggestion
of moustache, which is in perfect keeping with
the rest of her countenance.      Her complexion
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and seventy-nine
Description:Describes Lotty's physical appearance.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); 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.