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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 21, June 13, 1859

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Identifier: DX02951655

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 21, June 13, 1859

Description: Describes a conversation with Lotty Kidder about her past.



was taken to see Charley Brown's "ugly little Dora [Lotty Kidder]." Very freckled, with big orbicular hazel eyes, with a world of meaning in them, and hair so black in appearance that only the closest scrutiny could discover it to be the intensest shade of brown. But the witchery of the face, the wondrous fascination of it, with all its faults! Poor Lotty! poor Lotty! capable I do believe of a better and happier lot, had you found some man strong enough and tender enough to have driven out the devils of willfulness and affectation. I am glad to think their [sic] was no horror of abortion or child prevention done, as I once temporarily suspected. She went to see her first child [Frederick Whytal] in Boston a year ago or so. [John] Whytal had caused it to be nourished in the belief of its mother's death "in California." I don't think Lotty cares much for it, though she would deny the implication fiercely. But how am I to claim the right to judge, after all? There is so much of a desire to be and do right in the poor girl that I can't and won't disbelieve in her. Think too, of her horrible bringing-up and belongings —— that dribble of a father [William Kidder] and that damned mother [Rebecca Morse]. I turn sick when I recollect that abominable woman's vanity and selfishness, a selfishness so absorbing and terrible that I cannot fancy her beginning to love anything.

Misery has made Lotty content with [Arthur] Alleyne, probably a worse man than Whytal. I believe she has kept

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-06-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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