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All    Whytal has told me, this day.     The fellow spoke
without passion about Lotty.   Said he  I would nt injure her
by lifting a finger, if I could do it.      He s evidently been
very unhappy, tried every thing, and suffered much.   Quoth
he,  her father has cried over her about it.        And to-night
Whytal goes to the house, takes away child, and there an 
end.
   What a damnable Chapter in private life is here opened.
Now had I, when first taken by Charley Brown up town
to see a certain bright-eyed Lotty Kidder, prophesied her
fate, what would come of her pretty whims and self-will;
what a Coeleano, what a bird of evil note should I have
been.    Yet it was all there, lying intact, to be developed
by future events.        As for Mrs K,   the woman was
always harlot in soul,   what does it matter?      And Lotty
will play at wretchedness in parting with her child, feeling no
jot of real emotion in it.       And she ll sentimentalize, and
let Dods & Luckies make love to her, and find no comfort
in it.        And poor vulgar, well meaning, spitting Whytal
will love the child, and be happier than he has been of late.
For he has endured much, striven much, and believed in
her much,   and she has worn him out. /  What a pretty tale
of wrong and injury Lott will make of all this, when I see
her next time.   And how Mrs K will elaborately set
forth how she expelled Whytal.     And how calmly, almost
assentingly I shall listen to [word crssed out] the latter.
     I don t know whether  tis better to end acquaintance with
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page forty-four
Description:Regarding John Whytal's story of the end of his marriage with Lotty.
Date:1853-08-06
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dodd, Dan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Luckey; 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.