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when she d throw her little head back, and laugh outright,
unrestrainedly, with [word crossed out] her pretty mouth & white teeth,
  pearls set in coral.         I wish I could draw Lotty Kid-
der s face.   She looks best in profile.    It is not regular-
ly beautiful,   one might cavil at it,   her complexion is
not clear,   slightly [word crossed out] freckled;   but how infinitely
more fascinating than a hundred faultless beauties.    Let me
see whether I can sketch her in pen and ink detail. Fore-
head, neither too high nor low, nose   decidedly nez retrous e
pretty enough; mouth   delicious.  Ah!  the sweet upward
curve of the upper lip, the round ripe beauty of the
lower.    And her chin is [words crossed out] singularly beautiful.
Eyes, bright, hazel and lustrous with animation, fringed
by delectable black eyelashes, fine as drawn by a pencil,
and involuntarily suggestive of eastern pencilled eyebrowed 
Cheeks soft and rounded   most deliciously so when she
smiles or laughs.      This face
framed by a maze of jetty curls, was beside me all
that pleasant evening!
  Alas [words crossed out] that this delectable little creature
should be   as in sober sooth she is   a little snob!
[word crossed out] Vain, fickle in liking & disliking   pettish
and petty   I ll write no further against her  
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page forty-nine
Description:Describes Lotty Kidder.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.