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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 45, August 6-7, 1853

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Identifier: DX04071659

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 45, August 6-7, 1853

Description: Regarding Lotty Kidder's version of how her marriage to John Whytal ended.

these people or not. I see much, and am learning much, but is it advisable to look so closely into rottenness. Perchance yes. Will [Moses] Morse, Epicurean as he is, marry that woman [Rebecca Kidder]. He may, but I doubt it. But perchance she’ll suit him, and he will. With all his assumption of intellect I see who he is. / And as for Lotty [Kidder], will she go on, like the evil spirit in the Testament, seeking for rest, and finding none, will she and [John] Whytal live together again; will she play out sentiment with others, will not her mother quarrel with her (having no son-in-law to pay her board, now,) or will she come to Worse than All, that?

I hope not. But how could I help it, — and if I could, should I?

7 Sunday. Down town to breakfast at Goslings. In [Alfred] Swinton’s offices below [290 Broadway] all day till 9 1/2, drawing hard, both of us. I did three drawings on wood. Hayes, English born, Bostonian resident woodpecker here all the afternoon, Yatman in evening. At 10, went to Beach Street. Nobody in the parlors awhile, presently Lotty came down. Told me her version of the story. That Whytal had told her he’d no further use for her, she had assailed him &c Seperation the result. She reckons on a divorce, plans residence for a year in Connecticut to obtain one. “Keeping up,” quoth I a correspondence with [Dan] Dod all the time.” So it proved, was her expectation. She’s corresponded with him all along, for a year; fetched the letters to me, and his portrait. Reckons already on another marriage. And cares not a straw for parting with her child [Frederick Whytal], neither

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Divorce


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