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ability of mind and purpose.        Spake as earnestly as I felt
on the matter, sorrowfully withal, for hearing her voice and
looking at her face how could it be otherwise, and she
after nigh upon two hours stay left, and went home.
Down town during the afternoon, at Strongs,  met and talked
with Mc Lenan.            Evening through rain drops to Gymnasium
and there exercised till 10, few there,  a storm of rain out-
side, and as I returned to my room.
  31.  Tuesday.  Lotty came again   more scenes have
occurred.    Coming down, dressed for a walk to the dinner
table,  Whytal asks her curtly where he intends going.
 To the Hippodrome!     Who with?    A Gentleman!   (It was
her grandfather.)       He unknowing, raging, suspecting he knew
not what, forbids her harshly & rudely, sits mad and wretched
for two hours in the parlour with intent to follow or prevent
her leaving the house, which she does not do, and so that
Scene passes.           Last night witnessed a crueller one.  At such
time when I walking swiftly though musingly through deserted
Broadway and driving rain did it occur.      Whytal coming
home, and seeing their chamber at the house top, maddened
either by her silence or hard words uttered, (it might be either,)
accused her in coarse brothel
phrase of dishonor, threatened to take the child and leave
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page two hundred and six
Description:Comments on the troubled marriage of Lotty and John Whytal.
Date:1853-05-30
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Marriage; McLenan, John; Strong, Thomas; Whytal, John; Whytal, Jr.; 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.