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    Gossip about O Brien, North, Kidder.
a son on board who proposed to do the like
to Sir Braggart, who thereupon, in Strong s
language  wilted right down.    Strong re-
members riding in an omnibus with North, on
the morning of the suicide, when he looked
so horrible   mad   savage   desperate   that
Strong mentioned the circumstance to an ac-
quaintance, before the deed occurred.    I ask-
ed him about Kidder, Lotty s father, whom
I knew was in his employ, as a colorer of va-
lentines at the time of my introduction to
that family.     Little Kidder,  he said  died
miserable    he believed he was dead.  He was
a queer, little miserable man   used to drink,
he supposed.     I remember Charley Damo-
reau, then Brown, telling me a revolting
story about this miserable father of Lotty s
being discovered committing onanism at
midnight, in the presence of another person
  a male   by his wife, who descended from
her chamber to this result.   The woman
herself told Charley this! to his horror.  She
may have lied.             Strong was unaware
that the then Mrs. Bartholomew, next Mrs.
George Brown, now Mrs. Winchester, then
authoress of  Poems by Mary Campbell, Mary
Mell &c,  which he published, was sister
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page forty-nine
Description:Describes a conversation with T.W. Strong about Fitz James O'Brien, William North, and Mr. Kidder.
Date:1861-11-05
Subject:Brown, George, Mrs. (Bartholomew, Winchester); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); O'Brien, Fitz James; North, William; Strong, Thomas; Suicide
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post,"" boarding house life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.