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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 152, April 12, 1860

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Identifier: DX02937079

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 152, April 12, 1860

Description: Describes a walk and a conversation with Lotty Kidder.

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A stroll with Lotty [Kidder].

street into Washington Square, where the evening was not unpleasantly chilly, as we strolled round the waterless “fountain” and up the quiet paths. She told me she had been house-keeping in the city until within the past two months; that she had “made” her uncle grant her income enough to take the house at Fordham, to which she invited me. [Arthur] Alleyne, she said, had drifted as usual, loafing generally, getting drunk occasionally, until she had insisted that he should go to Europe. He had no money to pay his passage, so she “mortgaged” a couple of slaves, which she owned down-south, and sent him off, with the decision that he must do something to support himself, or that their separation should be, as she supposes it will be — final. She talked steadily and bating the little indications of self-will and vanity, rather more moderate in tone than of old, sensibly. She said she never cared about the man. I inquired of [John] Whytal. She had seen him this winter and given him $15 to transport him to Boston. He supposed she was Alleyne’s mistress. She didn’t believe the first was a marriage, anyhow — the man who performed it was only a clerk, justice of the peace, something or other. It was only legal in Georgia &c. &c. That

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1860-04-12

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Marriage
Slaveholders
Slavery
Women

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