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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 153, April 12, 1860

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Identifier: DX02937845

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 153, April 12, 1860

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



Her [Charlotte Kidder’s] talk and confidences.

with [Arthur] Alleyne was legal — effected by an Episcopal clergyman. Her mother [Rebecca Kidder] resides at Fordham, not with her. [Moses] Morse thinks less of her — his wife’s intellect than her daughter’s mother’s now — “thinks very highly of me,” says Lotty. “I let him triumph, when he was beat me at cards, and didn’t answer when he said things at my expense!” quoth she, reckoning up her papa-in-law with a good deal of shrewdness, and when I put his character into a sentence, acquiescing with, “That’s just what he is.” The man is lazy, selfish, Epicurean, likes to have the credit of intellect and to be made comfortable. And Lotty can be delightful enough, and shrewdly tickle his and others vanity, I know, though the little Bohemienne resented my ironic comment on it. “What must you think of me?” she said. I was franker than usual with her, and she stood a good deal of truth-telling, all things considered. “I was a child!” she urged, when I wouldn’t allow that her first marriage and all the bedrabblement which followed was owing to misfortune and the misconduct of others; “Tom you don’t know me!” Maybe not, and after all we do know but little of each other, Lotty! I like the brown-eyed little woman’s shrewdness and can well believe she has got the mastery over her weaker-natured kinsfolk. Her father [William Kidder]

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-04-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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