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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 43, August 6, 1853

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Identifier: DX04069854

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 43, August 6, 1853

Description: Regarding John Whytal's story of the end of his marriage with Lotty Kidder.

And Lotty [Kidder Whytal] flew at him [John Whytal], pulled his hair and otherwise maltreated him, on which he told her she had outlived his liking, and they would part, he taking his child [Frederick Whytal]. So she sought her mother [Rebecca Kidder], told her how Whytal had said scandalous things about her and [Moses] Morse, and Mrs Kidder wrote him a letter the which he read to me. It was flowery, abusive and grandiloquent, telling him that he was a blackguard, talking about his ill-usage of “her child,” bidding him leave her house, (the which he had already expressed his intention of doing,) and stating her decision was “irrevocable.” Presently Whytal ran off about her, Mrs K. Says he “Lotty told her that I had said things against her, yet she herself has told me more that I knew about her mother.” That one night, coming home late, it being unknown that Morse had returned from Boston, Lotty had gone into the parlor, where her mother then slept. She had presently come into her husband’s room upstairs, burst out sobbing, and told how she had seen a man in bed with her mother. Whytal calmed her, and anon she [word crossed out] would go down and see who it was. And coming back, she begging him to say nothing of it reported that it was Morse. She had seen him in the other parlor, dressed, Mrs K, in her night attire. Morse said nought to her, although he knew it was not known that he had arrived, until the morrow. Lotty had also told this story to Mrs Kent in one of her sympathetic confidences.

Well. It only confirms what I had speculated in and believed. Credit the chastity of that Woman, — bah! I credit

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1853-08-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
19th century


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