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a bathe, then stayed the evening with them, returning to New
York by 11.
  31.  Sunday.  Mr Greatbatch called, bringing a letter from
Boutcher.     He has returned to England.  /            To Gosling s
by 12.     In-doors till Evening, Mr Hart & Dillon calling,
on their way to Chapins.          I left Waud writing in my room,
and went to Beach Street.       Mrs K on a day s visit to
Connecticut, and Lotty away at Morrisiana.       Sat talking
with comely Mrs Brook and her pretty little child Louise; the
latter of whom would have me come in, talk to me and make much
of me, trying to sing Jeannete & Jeannot and prattling at a great rate.
Lotty I learnt had gone on a sort of amateur theatricalizing, pic-
nicing visit,   intending but a day at first, came back for clothes,
and returned for devil kens how long.  Had she taken her child? 
quoth I, guessing well what the answer would be.  Oh dear no! 
said Mrs Brook.   Why I hardly think the child knows its
mother.    Sometimes she don t see it for nearly a week together,
and when she does, but for a minute or so.     It always cries
to go to Bridget.           Little Whytal is fond and proud of it.
What a damnable trait is that in a woman, not loving her
own child.     It s the most horrible thing in Thackeray s Becky
Sharpe.    /    And then the never-sated desire for the silly admiration
of new faces.        If this girl s life could be pourtrayed in a
story !   (I ll try at it, if ever I do write one.)          There s a
terrible similitude  twixt the course of mother and daughter,
the same dreadful egotism the mainspring of both characters.  Lotty
was neglected and uncared for in her girl-hood, the woman sought
her own pleasures, trashy or vicious as the case might be; masque-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page thirty-two
Description:Comments on Lotty Whytal's lack of interest in her own son.
Date:1853-07-30
Subject:Books and reading; Boutcher, William; Bridget; Brook, Louisa; Brook, Mrs.; Children; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Mapother, Dillon; Whytal, John; Whytal, Jr.; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Beach Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
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.