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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 37, August 2-3, 1853

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Identifier: DX04064444

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 37, August 2-3, 1853

Description: Describes a talk with John Whytal about his difficult marriage to Charlotte Kidder.

Parting from Mr [Henry] Hart I went to Erfords, supped, then to room. By 8 1/2 to Beach Street. Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder and Lotty [Kidder Whytal] both returned. More and others present, and [John] Whytal. Learnt from Mrs K how [Joe] Scoville of “the Pick,” and his wife [Carolina Uniana Schaub Scoville] were boarding there, and there’d been a row ‘twixt him and mother-in-law touching his former intimacy with Lola Montez. / Chatted with Mrs K awhile, then they got to Euchre playing, I looking on. Lott came down stairs, talked a bit with her, then she got to playing cards, bidding me come and look over her hand. I soon left, by 10 1/2, Lotty saying she should call on me o’ Thursday, I telling her I shoud’nt reckon on it. / Found [Alfred] Waud at Erfords, drank, and to room by midnight, rather tired by sight seeing.

3. Wednesday. Picayune Office, Wells & Webbs, Goslings &c To room and drawing. No 3 of my Articles in to-days “Times.” [Charles] Damoreau called at 1 1/2. Asked him why he didn’t come up to dine at Erfords, said it would cost him 2 shillings, whereas he dined for 1..6d, and it behoved him to be mean, now he was wed. Hadn’t seen his good sister [Emma Brown] since the marriage.

/ Mr Hart came, and we dined together at Erford’s. He called again at a later hour in the afternoon, and Whytal also. Mr Hart leaving at 6, Whytal got talking about Lotty. Quoth he, in vulgarer phrase, “were I to have choice of marrying her again, or five years in penitentiary, I’d take the latter. We have all sorts of rows. She wrote me a very affectionate letter, so that I shouldn’t be ugly about her Morrisiana visit, signed it “your affectionate little devil.”

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1853-08-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
19th century
Card games


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