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unhappy girl.            She had her child brought to her, at, I
half think, a strong suggestion of mine.   It cried to  be
restored to arms of its Irish nurse;   she put it back
with a phrase of hate!              Tis almost a stranger to her,
and I am sure loves its nurse more than its mother.   Poor
child, and wretched mother!         Now Whytal does love his
child, little ill-looking, common place-speaking well meaning
clay as he is.           But she   how can woman s heart
and feelings be stirred within her,   how one sincere thought 
produced?       Tis writing on the sand,    the next wave of 
circumstance blurs and swamps all.       By turns impressive,
flippant, reckless,   every thing wrong by turns, and naught
lasting.        She told me of Dod, the small Dod,
whom I fancied dozed by her face.     She shared the
moonshine   fancied she   pah    loved him!    till he
proved unworthy, would have been feebly dishonorable, or
somewhat;   that she d seen him that night somewhere
with his arm round a girls waist,   that she d seek
her out   tell what he was   pah!
  I told her what all this was worth, as gently as I could.
But  twas of little use.    She was so!   It was her nature,
she couldn t help it!              
She ll go her own road, self tormenting, despite
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page two hundred and twelve
Description:Describes a conversation with Lotty Kidder.
Date:1853-06-05
Subject:Dodd, Dan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); 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.