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And Lotty flew at him, pulled his hair and otherwise mal-
treated him, on which he told her she had outlived his liking,
and they would part, he taking his child.       So she sought
her mother, told her how Whytal had said scandalous things
about her and Morse,  and Mrs Kidder wrote him a letter
the which he read to me.   It was flowery, abusive and
grandiloquent, telling him that he was a blackguard, talking
about his ill-usage of  her child , bidding him leave her house,
(the which he had already expressed his intention of doing,) and
stating her deision was  irrevocable.        Presently Whytal
ran off about her, Mrs K.      Says he  Lotty told her that
I had said things against her, yet she herself has told me
more that I knew about her mother.       That one night, coming
home late, it being unknown that Morse had returned from
Boston, Lotty had gone into the parlor, where her mother
then slept.      She had presently come into her husband s room
upstairs, burst out sobbing, and told how she had seen a man
in bed with her mother.  Whytal calmed her, and anon she
[word crossed out] would go down and see who it was.   And coming
back, she begging him to say nothing of it reported that it
was Morse.      She had seen him in the other parlor,
dressed,  Mrs K, in her night attire.    Morse said nought
to her, although he knew it was not known that he had ar-
rived, until the morrow.             Lotty had also told this
story to Mrs Kent in one of her sympathetic confidences.
     Well.   It only confirms what I had speculated in and be-
lieved.    Credit the chastity of that Woman,   bah!   I credit
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page forty-three
Description:Regarding John Whytal's story of the end of his marriage with Lotty.
Date:1853-08-06
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kent, Mrs.; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Marriage; Morse; 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.