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When she came back yesterday, you d have thought she could have
eaten me,  (a favourite phrase this of his.)  She had been so
dull away from me.     And then there was a furious quarrel that
night, about her not seeing that the child was properly cared for.
 She ll sit in the parlor, sing songs for the boarders and gentle-
men visitors, and the child hasnt my fixings to his back.  
He being really very fond of his child, gets irate and reviles her.
She replies, telling him she degraded herself in wedding him,
crys, seeks counsel of her mother or others.  She has a row
with her mother, and then comes to me, and quarrels with me,
and goes to her mother!     That s how she does it !  sa quote
poor Whytal.     It s very wearisome!     At all the houses
we ve boarded at she had snarls with the women.   When I
came home she d a long story to tell, how she d been abused by
them.            And then her imprudence would set all the men tal-
king.      Fellows betted about her dishonor once,  and Whytal af-
terwards heard of it.          She will threaten to leave him.   You
may go if you like!  he ll say.   And if I take the child with
me?      I d cut your damned head off!       Then she says
 Two can play at that game!            Whytal, a common-place,
spitting, good sort of mortal is fond of her, is really more
tolerant of her self-will than might be expected.        Right is
on his side, after all.   [words crossed out]
[word crossed out]  He married her in single heartedness; did not she
rush into extremes she might do as she [likes?].     But had he
any elevated passion for her, (which he isn t capable of)  twould
fall in stony places, and never bring forth fruit, I doubt.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page thirty-eight
Description:Describes a talk with John Whytal about his difficult marriage to Lotty.
Date:1853-08-03
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Marriage; Whytal, John; Whytal, Jr.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.