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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 32, July 30-31, 1853

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Identifier: DX04059938

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 32, July 30-31, 1853

Description: Comments on Lotty Whytal's lack of interest in her own son.

a bathe, then stayed the evening with them [Henry Hart and Dillon Mapother], returning to New York by 11.

31. Sunday. Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch called, bringing a letter from [William] Boutcher. He has returned to England. / To Gosling’s by 12. In-doors till Evening, Mr Hart & Dillon calling, on their way to [E.H.] Chapins. I left [Alfred] Waud writing in my room, and went to Beach Street. Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder] on a day’s visit to Connecticut, and Lotty [Kidder Whytal] away at Morrisiana. Sat talking with comely Mrs Brook and her pretty little child Louise; the latter of whom would have me come in, talk to me and make much of me, trying to sing Jeannete & Jeannot and prattling at a great rate. Lotty I learnt had gone on a sort of amateur theatricalizing, picnicing visit, intending but a day at first, came back for clothes, and returned for devil kens how long. “Had she taken her child [Frederick Whytal]?” quoth I, guessing well what the answer would be. “Oh dear no!” said Mrs Brook. “Why I hardly think the child knows its mother. Sometimes she don’t see it for nearly a week together, and when she does, but for a minute or so. It always cries to go to Bridget.” Little [John] Whytal is fond and proud of it. What a damnable trait is that in a woman, not loving her own child. It’s the most horrible thing in [William Makepeace] Thackeray’s Becky Sharpe. / And then the never-sated desire for the silly admiration of new faces. If this girl’s life could be pourtrayed in a story ! — (I’ll try at it, if ever I do write one.) There’s a terrible similitude ‘twixt the course of mother and daughter, the same dreadful egotism the mainspring of both characters. Lotty was neglected and uncared for in her girl-hood, the woman sought her own pleasures, trashy or vicious as the case might be; masque-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-07-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Parenthood


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