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That albeit he had been very patient, (with occasional fits of
erascibility,)  he couldn t live thus any more.    That she d
vilify him as an uneducated blackguard,  insult him before folk,
and had lied about him.    (In the story about his striking
or trying to choke her down South, which she told me as well
as others.  Whytal says she reversed the parts of the actors in
the scene, that she attempted to strangle him, and he only
held her hands.      She acknowledged to him, that she had
thus lied to obtain sympathy!)      Divers rows have they
had of late, producing this present crisis.    Last night she
intimated an intention of visiting her father, (not having seen
him for two months.)  This Whytal, (he has a great belief
in Mr Kidder,)  warmly approved of.  When he came home
at night he found her playing cards .  She hadn t been,
and snubbed him for asking the wherefore.   They had a
row on that subjects, but it blew over.    She had a desire
to go to Saratoga with Mrs Brook, (pleasant faced woman
there boarding, mother of the little child Louisa,) and he,
Whytal didnt like it,   firstly because Mrs Brook s husband
was going, (the man has been recently released from the
State Prison for counterfeiting,)   then that he hadn t the
$ to spare for her expenses, and lastly, that his mother
was coming in a visit to New York, to see her daughter
in law for the first time.        So there was a row on that.
And this morning she scolded for an hour, and called
out for Mrs Kent, (chatty little widow, boarder to come in)
Whytal being in his shirt prevented it by closing the door.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page forty-two
Description:Describes a talk with John Whytal about his difficult marriage to Lotty.
Date:1853-08-06
Subject:Brook; Brook, Louisa; Brook, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kent, Mrs.; Kidder; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Marriage; Whytal, John; Whytal, Mrs.; 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.