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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 41, August 6, 1853

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Identifier: DX04068050

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 41, August 6, 1853

Description: Describes receiving an assignment as correspondent for The New York Times, and learning that John Whytal has decided to leave his wife, Lotty Kidder.

6. Saturday. Heaven’s windows opened, and drenching rain pouring therefrom sans pity. Through it down town, after breakfasting at Sweeney’s. At the “Daily [New York] Times” Office. Wilson there, asked me when I start for Mackinac, spoke of the voyage around lake Superior to take place from Detroit, steamboat excursion of pleasure, ten days or more, traversing 1000 miles and exploring places where paddle-wheel has never yet ruffled water. Spots notable in travellers stories, Picture Rocks, Copper Regions, Iron Mountains, Thunder Cape and Islands. Finally proposed that I should go as Times Correspondent! Hurrah! So I am to see [Henry J.] Raymond about it on Monday, if he coincides, go. Thrice blessed be the notion I had of writing certain picturesque Catskill letters for the Times! / To Picayune, then Wells & Webbs. Returned with a monstrous heap of box-wood, and got drenched throughout. Room, and work, dining at Erford’s as usual, and meeting [James P.] Negle there. Drawing hard. [Alfred] Waud up once. [John] Whytal came at 6, and soon gan talk about Lotty [Whytal Kidder]. He has left her, and he says, finally. He ran into a long statement touching it. Firstly about money matters, that since he’d been in New York he’d been at heavy expenses, had to pay off some $200 of debt, which he had effected. That paying nurse to tend on the child [Frederick Whytal] its mother would not cost $15 a month. That Lotty’s demands for money were very frequent, but never refused if he had it. That she did no wife’s duty, linen unmended and shirt-buttons having to be sewn on by him. That he had no home, and no wife, for of an evening she would be card-playing or entertaining visitors.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Great Lakes (North America)
Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)


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