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out a walking with  Jack Hardenbrook.      So
she sat down & we talked awhile, & then
to the piano, & she sang to me.   Presently
in came Alfred Brown.   And so the time
passed, Lotty singing again and again, with all
& more of the old enchantment about her.    She
gave  Auld Robin Gray  so sweetly & touchingly
that I would fain have wept at it.    And there
she sat, with that clustering, jetty maze of ringlets,
those bright, sparkling wild eyes, lit up with such
a smile that one s heart ached with a sort of
yearning admiration, wonder & pity for her.   Divine
little, frank, impulsive, generous, selfish, wayward,
beautiful girl what a damned no-result is thy
life, and will so continue.      A wife   and
now, virtually a widow.       I wonder what sort of
cub the fellow was.  How did he win her? By
the old snare, I suppose.      Cant of adoration.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Discusses a visit with Lotty Kidder.
Subject:Brown, Alfred; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hardenbrook, Jack; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Marriage; Songs; Whytal, John; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, boarding house living, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, the start of the ''Lantern'' publication and joining the ''Lantern Club,'' attending a ball on Governors Island, attending a lecture by E. H. Chapin, visits to Staten Island, and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, 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.