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unsuccessful call at Neagle & Brigg s, then to Chapin s Church.
Very crowded was it, and deservedly so.      Twas one of a
Series of Sermon-Lectures, repeated.        Missing Waud at 
the conclusion, I walked to Beach Street, where Lotty opened the
door to me.   Within, I found her mother, husband, some two
men visitors.      Discursive talk, candid egotisms, and then
the production of Lotty s baby.    Whereupon I vented speculation
on babies, and there was much talk and more laughter.
The Lotty sang divers songs. two visitors leaving, Lotty & her husband going to street 
door,
anon she returned, my sombrero stuck on one side of
her curls, and her dainty little paws hidden in my huge hairy
gauntlet gloves.    Laughingly coming forward towards the sofa whereon
I sat, beside the mother,  she mocked and moved awhile, and
I, taking advantage of a dim privilege, (the which I believe her
mother first enlightened me with;) pulled her beside me, and kissed
that sweet upturned mouth of hers, again, and yet again.       Certes
as penalty I had to do the like, once to the mama, as she
incontinently donned the hat afterwards.         Sate between  em and
talked.   Whytal came in.   He s a decent enow little fellow,
I think, fond of her,   and they may live, now, quietly enough
together.    Or they may not, which is full as likely.      Whytal
lit a cigar, and despite a mild protest on his part  Lotty did
the same, and smoked it with all the gusto of a Mexican donna.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and seventy-three
Description:Describes a visit to Mrs. Kidder's residence, including kissing Lotty.
Date:1853-03-27
Subject:Briggs, Charles F.; Chapin, E.H.; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Nagle, James P. (Watt); Religion; Sermons; Smoking; Songs; Whytal, John; Whytal, Jr.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Beach Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.