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an hours delay we got dinner.    Sundry drinks,  then as the sun
was declining westwards, we started with intent to go to the old
Fort.   But we overshot the mark, and clambering from thicket
and copse to a hill top, saw we had over passed it.  Back
briskly and by boat again to New York.     At Woodburgs for
a drink, met Picton.    Seymour off, Waud and I parted
at about 9, and each to his bed.
  30.  Monday.   Picayune  drawings &c.     Lotty came.
She and her husband are again passionately struggling at each
end of that ill forged marriage chain.  He doubts, distrusts
and rages,   she defies and torments him.    A coarse
commonplace good-sort-of-mortal, using oaths and foul words when
angered.   She wedded him unloving and uncaring for him,
a wrong done in that.     He after his fashion cares for her,
enough to be mad and jealous.        And she   says she
hates him.         Even as she has sown, does she reap. 
 A bitter harvest!    Withal, and worst of all she
has learnt nothing, changed in nothing, and is wilfully de-
termined in going her own wild road, lead where it will.
  I see no help for it, they must jangle on, or snap
the ring inhooping them.      It might have been hoped that
the child would draw them closer to each other, but
no!     No disparity in marriage like that of unsuit-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page two hundred and five
Description:Comments on the troubled marriage of Lotty and John Whytal.
Date:1853-05-29
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Leisure; Marriage; Picton, Thomas; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Waud, Alfred; Whytal, John; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.