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	     Mrs. Kidder-Morse
phosphates are renumerative enough, Winchester
a decent average man, only they must needs
anticipate an income they may arrive at.     Her
married daughter, the beauty, turns up an
aristocratic nose at the wife of his son; the
husband of said daughter disliking, if not detest-
ing his mother-in-law; who in return, laments
that the girl should have been thrown away upon
him.       Withal, knowing what they do of each
other, they affect an immense opinion of each
their superiority; which characteristic I have
remarked in Lotty and her abominable mother.
I dare say this woman, Winchester, is physically
faithful to her husband, as Mrs. Morse is,
but what ugly, nasty, equivocal antecedents
they both   all of them   have!      Always men
about them, always a taint of unspeakable,
inevitable unchastities.  Was  Mrs.  Bartholomew
the mistress or wife of that man?      Picton used
to assert the former.     Mrs. Kidder was making
a dead set at George Brown, when her sister came
on the scene and cut her out.        She did it char-
acteristically, with all sorts of two-penny ha penny
melodramatic dashes of mystery; of absorbing
passion for him; writing poetry at him.     He was
completely humbugged by her pretensions;  I laugh
now to recollect how he spoke of them.     She had
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page ninety-seven
Description:Describes Mrs. Kidder's sister Mrs. Winchester and the traits of her family.
Subject:Bartholomew; Brown, George; Brown, George, Mrs. (Bartholomew, Winchester); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Picton, Thomas; Poetry; Winchester; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-04-27


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.