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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 42, August 6, 1853

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Identifier: DX04068952

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 42, August 6, 1853

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

That albeit he [John Whytal] had been very patient, (with occasional fits of erascibility,) he couldn’t live thus any more. That she’d [Charlotte Kidder Whytal would] vilify him as an uneducated blackguard, insult him before folk, and had lied about him. (In the story about his striking or trying to choke her down South, which she told me as well as others. Whytal says she reversed the parts of the actors in the scene, that she attempted to strangle him, and he only held her hands. She acknowledged to him, that she had thus lied to obtain sympathy!) Divers rows have they had of late, producing this present crisis. Last night she intimated an intention of visiting her father [William Kidder], (not having seen him for two months.) This Whytal, (he has a great belief in Mr Kidder,) warmly approved of. When he came home at night he found her playing cards. She hadn’t been, and snubbed him for asking the wherefore. They had a row on that subjects, but it blew over. She had a desire to go to Saratoga with Mrs Brook, (pleasant faced woman there boarding, mother of the little child Louisa,) and he, Whytal didnt like it, firstly because Mrs Brook’s husband was going, (the man has been recently released from the State Prison for counterfeiting,) then that he hadn’t the $ to spare for her expenses, and lastly, that his mother was coming in a visit to New York, to see her daughter in law for the first time. So there was a row on that. And this morning she scolded for an hour, and called out for Mrs Kent, (chatty little widow, boarder to come in) Whytal being in his shirt prevented it by closing the door.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1853-08-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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