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all these countless flaws, (more or less truly pourtrayed,) might, aye
and would disenchant an Aphrodite,   knowing that too, had I
been the actor in that scene down South      I should have paid a thousand
times bitterer a penalty than he,   knowing all this, yet as I 
thought of Lotty s face and person   I envied him.
     Well,   to return.  Whytal, after reading me a letter formally
demanding her return to him,  whereon to found a divorce, as she d
refuse, went away.               And in the evening, as before put
down I called.   Her mother was up-stairs with Morse.   I and
Lotty sat in the rear parlor.     I told her of my starting off for a
month or more on the morrow, and rattled away, half cynical,
half prophetic of her future, of Dod, of herself, of a thousand
other things, speaking in the jesting, earnest, half sorrowful man-
ner provoked by what I knew secretly.   To this she responded 
with that singular frankness allied to
the rest of her characteristics.        We talked of Whytal, I purposely
spoke of him being the only one who had offered honorably among the
crew, down South.    She denied it, with  You don t know, Tom,
and you never shall know of the circumstances attending that mar-
riage.        It was almost admitting what I had heard, that morning.
Had I pursued the matter I believe she would have told me all.
We talked on.        I spoke of her whole life, what it had been, 
what it should have been, what it was and might be.    I told her
there were such things as Truth and Right in the world, homes
where mothers loved their children with all their hearts, true friends
who would hold fast by one another, never crediting wrong or shame
about them.         I told her how this wretched cloaca of sphere
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page forty-nine
Description:Describes John Whytal's tale of the reason he married Lotty, and a visit to Lotty afterwards.
Date:1853-08-08
Subject:Divorce; Dodd, Dan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Marriage; Morse; Whytal, John; 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.