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Then they talk about Mount, her elderly admirer & turn him inside out;
Picton grinning at the phrase I applied to him  elaborately complimentary.  
[word crossed out] I negatived, on my own part all equivocalities about Mrs K &c 
 Doctor  left.  Out with Picton.  Kentucky hall imbibition; stayed a few minutes
at Varick Street, while he spake with his mistress,   good looking woman as far
as I could se;   he says he s three children by her.     Then to Broadway
& at his proposal called at Mrs Kidders.     Masculine visitor there. General talk.
Picton shows well in conversation./  Learnt of Mrs K of Lotty s departure.
Some twenty or more to see her off   the Wards, the Stewarts, the Coppers &c;  
Mason was the only one she manifested emotion at parting with. Quaint little rou 
he must have some good in him, to produce feeling in her!  Perchance though  tis
in her own bestowal of imaginary something ^|in him|.    Well she s off Cape Hatteras by
this,   queer little female Gil Blas as she is, setting forth to push her way in the
world; Southern admirers in plenty &c all in perspective; money &c;   yet
^|unless| her mind & impulses are brought under control she Can Not be happy.
Farewell, you bright eyed, black haired, white shouldered, wilful, pettish
frank, earnest, unfilial, beautiful Lotty Kidder!  I wonder when you ll
come on the stage again, and if so, When and in what part?     Somehow
though I loved to hear you sing, and to look at you, I m not sorry you
are gone.  It grieved and worried me (  what the devil had I to do with it
though!)  to see the drove of asses about you, to mark your e inconsistencies,
& to know you liked to listen to the bray of these same asses.     May you
be happier than I fear you ever will be!         /                  Talk, general &
particular, Mrs K & Picton on the  Mary Campbell  book of poems.  /    Picton
a man peculiar to this age and (I think) country.     His creed is to fight the
world on one s own hook, and be utterly sans veneration or belief.   Home
feelings or affections he would profess not to believe in. He likes the un-
pleasantly shown, rude freedom of manners manifested by children here;  
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and eighty-five
Description:Comments on Lotty Kidder's departure for the South.
Subject:Brown, Margaret; Brown, George, Mrs. (Bartholomew, Winchester); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Mason; Mount; Picton, Thomas; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Varick Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; 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.