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How much of this girl s errors are to be ascribed
to want of home-feelings?     She never had a mother,   and if
a father, a weak man, a debauchee.     How much is she to
be blamed for wrecking her life after this wretched moment?  I know
not.          One thing is certain, gives herself credit as she
may, she don t feel anything very deeply.     Hurt vanity or pleased
self-love, that s all.         When she sobbed in my room, and
spake of the degradation of being the wife of a man she neither loved
or respected, she only meant she was very angry with him at that
time.         She might, did the wilful current run that way  be ready
to eat him up ,  next day.             It makes me smile to think
of the ass I am, when listening to her, and half giving her credit for
the deep feeling with which she dupes first herself, and then those
about her.         I know her well enough to get at a just appreciation
of it, did I think, and when I m away from her.   But then there s
the fascination of her face.          There s nought to be won of her,
not friendship, respect or pleasant remembrance.    Out of sight is
literally out of mind with her.     Besides her wilful favor is so
cheaply proferred,                                      that a man with
brain and self respect can t value it, when thinking soberly,
away from the light of those bright dark eyes.  (There s witchery
in them, and that laugh.)          And even now, knowing all I
do, that she loves nobody, unhappy girl!    that she loves not
her child,   a damnable thing,   I yet ponder whether
had some strong heart and loving nature taken her in hand,
she would have repayed him for the task, by rich, deep,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page thirty-nine
Description:Comments on Lotty Whytal's unhappy and willful nature.
Date:1853-08-03
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Marriage; Whytal, John; 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.