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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 48, August 8, 1853

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Identifier: DX04074366

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 48, August 8, 1853

Description: Describes John Whytal's tale of the reason he married Lotty.


he’d [John Whytal had] been to Beach Street, and had interview with Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder, who was “polite” to him. He’d shut her up, in fact. And how the nurse had cried at the notion of parting with the child [Frederick Whytal], on which he said she shouldn’t as yet, as he’d pay her for nursing it. Then came the retrospective matters. “I was a fool” said he “to marry a woman [Charlotte Kidder] who allowed me to take every liberty before we were married!” “Every liberty?” said I, “did it go as far as that?” Out he spake in coarse brothel-phrase that it had. With details. She had allowed him to be in her room, some evenings before, and that was the result. There was weeping after it, “she cried” said he. He made a merit of marrying her. “I might have gone to New Orleans, or Texas” said he, I could have done well there, and what could she have done.” She said she should have killed herself. I was hurried into the marriage. I used to say to myself “what are you doing of? I knew what actresses where [were],” had always taken what chances came in my way. But I did not love the little devil.” But that he knew that he was the first, he would not have wedded her. Then he spoke of her conduct after marriage. Of her coquettings with a fat Englishman, twice her age, and correspondence with him, unknown to Whytal. That she wrote once proposing to run off with him, [word crossed out] if she could go back to New York.

Shall I, Jean Jacques Rousseau like put down thoughts that I should despise myself for? When I heard him tell all this, coarsely enough, scant grammar and gutter phrase; — when I heard this, knowing right well as I do, that Never yet did, or can come true happiness of that impure passion bred by desire, — that

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Sexual intercourse


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