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Will it do good.     It may,   and yet again, not.
For she is vain, has not Religion, or a loving
nature, has a mother all of shreds and patches,
trashinesses unspeakable, each one so monstrous
on folly that it can be excelled only by its between;
  and alas she dwells, as she has dwelled all
her life in an atmosphere of folly, aping, and in-
sincerity.       I know her faults, and like her
rather for what she might have been than is.
  That wilful frank nature, could it have been
tamed by the loving hand of some good man, might
have made a happy home.  Now Niagara s fall
may be stayed by an infants finger ere the current
of her life could be turned to happiness, quiet
or content. /   She will demand admiration from this
one or that, tire of them, be rude to them,
throw them aside, imagine wrong and slight, be
wayward, petty, selfish, vain, (delightful too by
flashes,) and thus on to the end of the chapter.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and sixty-five
Description:Comments on Lotty Kidder's nature.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); 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.