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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 34, August 5-6, 1856

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Identifier: DX03644121

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 34, August 5-6, 1856

Description: Describes meeting Lotty Kidder unexpectedly on Broadway.

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half the morning. He [William Waud] “down on” Sol [Eytinge] to a certain extent, and talks of returning to England.

6. Wednesday. Hurrying down Broadway at noon with M S for the Picayune, I was passing the St Nicholas, or near to it, when I encountered two ladies, the face of one seeming strangely familiar to me. They had already gone on. Determined to be assured as to my sudden recognition I darted across the street, hurried on for half a block, re crossed and bore down full upon them. It was Lotty [Kidder]! She knew me in an instant. “Why Tom! —” Gave me her address, and bade me call at 3, and then went on her way to the theatre, (Wallacks,) at which she has an engagement. I went. She is living with [Arthur] Alleyne, brother to Madame Marguerittes, to whom she is married. The ceremony was, of course, illegal, being nothing more nor less than bigamy, [John] Whytal still surviving. (Suspecting that I doubted this, she told me details of place and time, promising to produce the certificate.) She would be, she said, no man’s mistress, and hence the marriage. I learned, too, the particulars of her last three years life, though confusedly. Some months subsequent to my last parting with her, she gave birth to another child, the paternity, (she avers,) resting with Whytal. Her mother [Rebecca Kidder] would not let her enter her doors, in deference to [Moses] Morse. The child subsequently died. She

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1856-08-05

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Marriage
Women

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