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these people or not.    I see much, and am learning much,
but is it advisable to look so closely into rottenness.  Perchance
yes.       Will Morse, Epicurean as he is, marry that woman.
He may, but I doubt it.      But perchance she ll suit him,
and he will.     With all his assumption of intellect I see
who he is.  /          And as for Lotty, will she go on, like
the evil spirit in the Testament, seeking for rest, and finding
none, will she and Whytal live together again; will she
play out sentiment with others, will not her mother quarrel with
her (having no son-in-law to pay her board, now,) or will she
come to Worse than All, that?
     I hope not.    But how could I help it,   and if I could,
should I?
  7  Sunday.   Down town to breakfast at Goslings.   In Swinton s
offices below all day till 9 1/2, drawing hard, both of us.  I
did three drawings on wood.     Hayes, English born, Bostonian
resident woodpecker here all the afternoon, Yatman in evening.
At 10, went to Beach Street.   Nobody in the parlors awhile,
presently Lotty came down.   Told me her version of the story.
That Whytal had told her he d no further use for her, she
had assailed him  &c   Seperation the result.     She reckons on
a divorce, plans residence for a year in Connecticut to obtain
one.       Keeping up,  quoth I a correspondence with Dod all
the time.   So it proved, was her expectation.   She s corres-
ponded with him all along, for a year; fetched the letters to
me, and his portrait.      Reckons already on another marriage.
And cares not a straw for parting with her child, neither
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page forty-five
Description:Regarding Lotty's version of how her marriage to John Whytal ended.
Date:1853-08-06
Subject:Divorce; Dodd, Dan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (engraver); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Marriage; Morse; Swinton, Alfred; Whytal, John; Whytal, Jr.; Women; Yatman
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Beach Street
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.