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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 44, August 6, 1853

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Identifier: DX04070756

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 44, August 6, 1853

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

All [John] Whytal has told me, this day. The fellow spoke without passion about Lotty [Kidder]. Said he “I would’nt injure her by lifting a finger, if I could do it.” He’s evidently been very unhappy, tried every thing, and suffered much. Quoth he, “her father [William Kidder] has cried over her about it.” And to-night Whytal goes to the house, takes away child [Frederick Whytal], and there an end.

What a damnable Chapter in private life is here opened. Now had I, when first taken by Charley Brown up town to see a certain bright-eyed Lotty Kidder, prophesied her fate, what would come of her pretty whims and self-will; what a Coeleano, what a bird of evil note should I have been. Yet it was all there, lying intact, to be developed by future events. As for Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder], — the woman was always harlot in soul, — what does it matter? And Lotty will play at wretchedness in parting with her child, feeling no jot of real emotion in it. And she’ll sentimentalize, and let Dods & Luckies make love to her, and find no comfort in it. And poor vulgar, well meaning, spitting Whytal will love the child, and be happier than he has been of late. For he has endured much, striven much, and believed in her much, — and she has worn him out. / What a pretty tale of wrong and injury Lott will make of all this, when I see her next time. And how Mrs K will elaborately set forth how she expelled Whytal. And how calmly, almost assentingly I shall listen to [word crssed out] the latter.

I don’t know whether ‘tis better to end acquaintance with

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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