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ten or eleven, supping with them, and on  quitting
all walked with us to the Ferry, embarking & leaving
us on the other side.     Barth to my room, smoked
a pipe or so, then left, at midnight.
  28.  Monday. Lantern work &c.   Evening
at Mrs Kidders.       In a walk with Mrs K round
Saint John s Park heard the story of Lottys separation
from her husband.    After the ill-advised hasty wedding
she had discovered by some letters, portrait, nicknackery
or like trash how he had lain with some harlot
actress of the crew,   squabbles ensued   fellows making
love to her, he jealous, she imperious,   wouldn t
see his  friends    (they being like all of the 
actor craft)   he wild with Jealousy about some
particular man who d have bought her,   Whytal
accusing her, she saying in rage she d deserve his
suspicion   he taking her by the throat to strangle
her   domestic hell and Separation.    Afterwards,
and of late he came to New York   the house
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and fifty-one
Description:Describes hearing the tale of Lotty's separation from John Whytal from Mrs. Kidder.
Subject:Barth, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Marriage; 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.