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to live in, among asses and libertines  had made her what she was,
and must keep her so, did she not leap out of t.
     All of this I did without any thought of my fine-resolves of never
sympathizing any more   so bravely put down only a night ago !
     I did more.   The dialogue was an animated one, not unmixed
with individual matters.    She wanted my daguerreotype,  I must  give
her one.  I refused, telling her jestingly earnest how little  twould be
held.   It was enough to have Dod s.  I didn t want the time to come
when I might be ranked amid such.          Then I must write, long letters,
and she d respond.       I told her to look in  The Times.     So it went on.
We were close together, she in white, beautiful as ever.   I kissed
her.     She defied me, and we talked on.   Time sped on, the
rain came down in raging storm without, and a lightning flash glared
now and then.  She went to sofa, lay down, I sat on chair by
the head of it, bent over her he face and we talked on. Another
kiss.     Mrs Kent came home, joined us, rallied me, like a
widow as she was, not about Lotty but on my presumed indifference
to women.      I replied.        They were on the sofa together.   And
on the rounded beauty of Lotty s plump leg above the pretty
kissable, brown-booted foot!         Time wore on.   Rain left off,
I must go.     After a rallying scene in the front parlor, in which
I set forth many reasons why Mrs Kent should kiss me, with
discursive remarks on the philosophy and pleasures of kissing, I put
on hat to go.       I ll kiss you before you go away!  said Lotty.
And she did   a close, sweet, passionate kiss,   which was repaid her in
the hall.   It s remembrance is with me yet.   You will write
then, Tom?        I replied I know not what, and dashed forth
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page fifty
Description:Describes his last evening spent with Lotty Whytal before going on his trip to the Great Lakes.
Date:1853-08-08
Subject:Dodd, Dan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kent, Mrs.; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); 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.