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he d been to Beach Street, and had interview with Mrs Kidder,
who was  polite  to him.     He d shut her up, in fact.       And
how the nurse had cried at the notion of parting with the child, on
which he said she shouldn t as yet, as he d pay her for nursing
it.        Then came the retrospective matters.         I was a fool  said
he  to marry a woman who allowed me to take every liberty before
we were married!    Every liberty?  said I,  did it go as far as
that?       Out he spake in coarse brothel-phrase that it had.
With details.        She had allowed him to be in her room, some
evenings before, and that was the result.      There was weeping
after it,  she cried   said he.       He made a merit of marrying
her.     I might have gone to New Orleans, or Texas  said he,
I could have done well there, and what could she have done. 
She said she should have killed herself.        I was hurried into the
marriage.     I used to say to myself   what are you doing of?   I
knew what actresses where,  had always taken what chances came in
my way.   But I did not love the little devil.      But that he
knew that he was the first, he would not have wedded her.
Then he spoke of her conduct after marriage.  Of her coquettings
with a fat Englishman, twice her age, and correspondence with him,
unknown to Whytal.     That she wrote once proposing to run off with
him, [word crossed out] if she could go back to New York.
     Shall I, Jean Jacques Rousseau like put down thoughts that
I should despise myself for?   When I heard him tell all this,
coarsely enough, scant grammar and gutter phrase;   when I heard
this,  knowing right well as I do, that Never yet did, or can
come true happiness of that impure passion bred by desire,   that
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page forty-eight
Description:Describes John Whytal's tale of the reason he married Lotty.
Date:1853-08-08
Subject:Bridget; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Marriage; Whytal, John; Whytal, Jr.; Women
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.