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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 49, August 8, 1853

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Identifier: DX04075268

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 49, August 8, 1853

Description: Describes John Whytal's tale of the reason he married Lotty Kidder, and a visit to Lotty afterwards.


all these countless flaws, (more or less truly pourtrayed,) might, aye and would disenchant an Aphrodite, — knowing that too, had I been the actor in that scene down South I should have paid a thousand times bitterer a penalty than he [John Whytal], — knowing all this, yet as I thought of Lotty [Kidder]’s face and person — I envied him.

Well, — to return. Whytal, after reading me a letter formally demanding her return to him, whereon to found a divorce, as she’d refuse, went away. And in the evening, as before put down I called. Her mother [Rebecca Kidder] was up-stairs with [Moses] Morse. I and Lotty sat in the rear parlor. I told her of my starting off for a month or more on the morrow, and rattled away, half cynical, half prophetic of her future, of [Dan] Dod, of herself, of a thousand other things, speaking in the jesting, earnest, half sorrowful manner provoked by what I knew secretly. To this she responded [word crossed out] with that singular frankness allied to the rest of her characteristics. We talked of Whytal, I purposely spoke of him being the only one who had offered honorably among the crew, down South. She denied it, with “You don’t know, Tom, and you never shall know of the circumstances attending that marriage.” It was almost admitting what I had heard, that morning. Had I pursued the matter I believe she would have told me all. We talked on. I spoke of her whole life, what it had been, what it should have been, what it was and might be. I told her there were such things as Truth and Right in the world, homes where mothers loved their children with all their hearts, true friends who would hold fast by one another, never crediting wrong or shame about them. I told her how this wretched cloaca of sphere

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Dates: 1853-08-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Divorce


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